St. Clair County, IL. (KPLR) - Police went in search of people on parole in St. Clair County to make sure they're following the law. Five teams spread out across west and central Bellville along with Edgemont to conduct a sweep on 50 felons on probation to make sure they`re in compliance.
Police are also looking for drugs, weapons and fugitives. Warrants were also issued with 40 officers from Belleville police, U.S. Marshalls and St. Clair County handled the sweep. It’s the second of its kind, the first was last fall.
"The purpose of the sweep is twofold one fact is that people who commit felonies car more likely to commit other felonies.” said Belleville Detective Mark Heffernan.
"These are all people with felonies....convictions so it could be anything from assault to aggravated assault and possession of controlled substance you name the crime and we are after them tonight, said U.S. States Attorney Terry Delaney.
So far, police found drugs in 3 homes and arrested 2 people, far more are expected. Police will work throughout the night to make sure all 50 of the people on their list are accounted for.
Police say the effort is to keep the community safe and if there is a sweep in your neighborhood; it’s best to stay inside while sweeps of this nature are conducted.