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Mounted Unit Rounds Up Help

Sgt. Ron Willis is in charge of the MCSO Mounted Unit. Saddled up high above the ground, members of the Monterey County Sheriff’s Mounted Unit provide a unique resource to the sheriff’s office by patrolling difficult terrain, assisting in search and rescue, and engaging with the community at events. The MCSO Mounted Unit was established in 2000 and in just a few years, it boasted more than 40 [...]

The Grandson Scam

The Monterey County Sheriff’s Office wants to warn the public about an updated version of the Grandson Scam. The Grandson Scam usually has the caller saying they are the intended victim’s grandson. They have been arrested and need bail money to be wired; usually to an area outside the United States border like Mexico or Canada In this current instance the caller states they were holding the grandson in a [...]

Pursuit Leads to Arrest and Recovery of Firearm & Drugs

Monterey County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Manuel Santa Ruiz after he led law enforcement on a high speed chase trying to evade arrest. The incident took place in the area of Highway 145 and Metz road in rural Monterey County. The chase lasted about 5 miles and ended after Ruiz crashed his car. Ruiz was driving on a suspended driver’s license and had felony warrants. Also in the car during the [...]

Creating Joy, One Toy at a Time

The employees of the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office are participating in the Operation Give Back Toy Drive. Sponsored by Lowe Packaging Group and Holaday Seed Company, whose “mission is to build an army of people who can take time out to intentionally select a toy that will put a smile on a child’s face and make a difference in his or her life.” All toys donated will be distributed through the [...]

Town Hall Meeting – Carmel Middle School Theater

Sheriff Steve Bernal will be hosting a Town Hall Meeting for residents in the Coastal Station Service Area (unincorporated areas of: Monterey and Carmel, Pebble Beach, Carmel Valley, Big Sur) and the city of Carmel on Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at 6:30 PM at the Carmel Middle School Theater, 4380 Carmel Valley Road, Carmel, CA. Patrol staffing and coverage will be discussed. District 5 Supervisor Dave Potter will also be in [...]

Violence Suppression Unit Dismantles Prostitution Ring in South County

Over the course of the past 3 months, Monterey County Violence Suppression Unit (MCVSU) agents investigated a “ring” of suspects that were allegedly illegally transporting female immigrants to the United States from El Salvador, Nicaragua, Mexico and other Central American countries. These female immigrants were reported being illegally transported to the United States by “coyotes”. It was reported these victim females were forced to perform sex acts on others to [...]

Search Warrant Service Leads to Arrest for Weapons and Child Endangerment

DATE/TIME: October 21, 2015 / 8:11 a.m. INCIDENT: 29815, 30305(a)(1), 29800(a)(1), 273a(a), 246.3(a), 1203.02 PC LOCATION: 1049 Elkhorn Road, Watsonville, CA. VICTIM(S): People of the State of California SUMMARY: On October 21, 2015, Monterey County Sheriff's Department Detectives, members of the Southern Monterey County Violence Suppression Collaboration, (comprised of law enforcement officers from Soledad, Gonzales, Greenfield, the California Department of Corrections, California State Parole, the California Highway Patrol and the [...]