22 arrested so far in MCSO crime sweep

PHOENIX - Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio says 22 arrests have been made so far during a crime sweep being conducted in the West Valley this weekend.

The crime suppression sweep began at 5 p.m. on Friday and covers an area of 40 square miles.

Arpaio said most of the arrests were for DUI and drug offenses.

No weapons were seized.

Arpaio said 150 deputies are involved in the 2-day operation, all reserve or volunteers, so there's no cost to taxpayers.

Just over 200 people were contacted, 88 traffic citations were issued and eight cars were seized, according to Arpaio. The deputies were out until 3 a.m., according to MCSO.

Arpaio said at a Friday afternoon news conference that the crime sweep is not related to immigration.

Activist Lydia Guzman, who's concerned about undocumented immigrants being targeted, says she and other volunteers are keeping a close eye on the operation to make sure Arpaio follows a recent court order.

"If the sheriff is out conducting an operation and out conducting legitimate business, were gonna be out there to monitor and ensure that the sheriff doesn't stay outside the boundaries of what he's supposed to be doing and that he is in compliance with every piece of the court order," Guzman said.

Even with the court appointed monitor, Arpaio isn't worried about the ACLU or anyone else who claims racial profiling.

"I'm monitored every day by the president of the U.S., the Department of Justice, the ACLU, the media, want me to go right down the line," Arpaio said. "What's one more, I don't care."

New numbers from Saturday night's operation should be out on Monday.

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