Los Angeles County deputies break up enormous underground celebration

Authorities say almost 160 folks had been arrested in the course of the weekend at an unlawful celebration in Los Angeles County, the place coronavirus instances are surging and gatherings are banned

The Saturday evening raid on a location within the excessive desert metropolis of Palmdale got here after Sheriff Alex Villanueva vowed to crack down on “super-spreader occasions.”

Villanueva deliberate to debate particulars of the legislation enforcement motion at a press convention Tuesday.

A press release from the sheriff’s workplace mentioned 158 folks had been arrested.

“These kinds of events usually contain medication, alcohol, weapons, minors, and prostitution,” the assertion mentioned. “Moreover, this prison habits is going on in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

KTTV Fox 11 first reported the celebration and arrests.

“It was what we name a super-spreader for COVID,” Sheriff’s Lt. Paul Zarris informed KTTV.

Zarris informed the TV station that deputies obtained intelligence in regards to the celebration and the folks inside weren’t carrying masks. Sheriff’s officers mentioned they need to ship a message to different potential celebration promoters and attendees.

“We simply need to make it possible for this doesn’t occur, particularly in our space, we’ll allow them to know that this isn’t acceptable,” Zarris mentioned.

The sheriff mentioned his division wouldn’t implement the orders at struggling companies and as an alternative goal super-spreader occasions like mass gatherings.

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