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Gang Activity Decreasing In Calaveras County

San Andreas, CA — Over the past decade Calaveras County had been seeing an increase in gang activity, but recently the Sheriff’s Department has noticed a slowdown.

"We’ve seen a significant decrease and we are trying to remain vigilant," says Captain Jim Macedo. "We’re still implementing an absolute zero tolerance policy regarding any type of gang activity, including simple graffiti, intimidation, bullying and gang attire."

Macedo adds that once a gang has momentum, it is hard for law enforcement to catch back up. He says fighting gang activity will remain a top priority despite any types of budget cuts that are handed down by the state.

One of the most high profile gang cases occurred in 2007 when 23-year-old Daniel Rocha was found guilty in Calaveras County Superior Court for the gang related murder of a 19-year-old in Valley Springs.

Written by bjhansen@mlode.com.