13 arrests made in probation, parole sweep

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Some Mid-South criminals are finding themselves back in jail after a massive probation and parole sweep at the Tennessee Department of Corrections on E.H. Crump Boulevard.

Probationers and parolees were randomly questioned, frisked and even had their cars searched by drug-sniffing dogs when they showed up Thursday for their monthly check-in.

Authorities called it a “routine” check that they say is part of an "ongoing strategy to enhance public safety."

"We have several thousand offenders that report to this location, and we do these checks just to ensure that they’re in compliance with the rules and regulations that we have them on them," said Joe Williams with TDOC.

But some told WREG they felt like their rights were being violated.

“We’re already on probation, we’re coming up here to report and then we go through this here. It’s double jeopardy man, I don’t know what’s going on," said Montrell Henry, who was already stopping by the TDOC for his monthly reporting.

Henry says he was also told authorities were holding a job fair, only to show up and find out that wasn’t the case.

“If you ain’t got no license, no registration, none of that, don’t come up here. They’re locking you up off the top. Even if you’re dropping your people off, they’re locking you up," he said.

Investigators with the TDOC, Tennessee Highway Patrol, Memphis Police, Shelby County Sheriff’s Office and U.S. Marshall's Office searched offenders and cars for weapons and drugs cuffing some right on the spot.

A sign on the property warns probationers and parolees that they could be searched at any time without a warrant, and refusing will land them with even more charges.

“Like I told them, it’s double jeopardy and a lot of that that’s going on is illegal. A lot of it," Henry said.

In seven and half hours, TDOC officials say they searched 160 cars, 165 offenders and 67 non-offenders, arrested 13 people and handed out 60 citations.

Most of the arrests stemmed from active warrants on charges of domestic assault, failure to appear or violation of probation, and some were arrested on DUI and felony marijuana possession charges, according to the TDOC.

Many of the citations were issued for driving with a revoked or suspended license.

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