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158 arrested, sex trafficking victim recovered at 'super spreader' party in Los Angeles County

December 8, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

This photo from Los Angeles County Sheriff???s Office streaming video shows Sheriff Alex Villaneuva discussing the arrest of nearly 160 people at a party in the high desert city of Palmdale, at a news conference in Los Angeles Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020. Officials said the people were at an illegal ???super-spreader??? party over the weekend despite surging coronavirus cases. Authorities announced Tuesday that the party in Palmdale resulted in the arrests of 158 people, 35 of whom were juveniles. Deputies found six weapons at the home and were able to rescue a 17-year-old human trafficking victim. KTTV Fox 11 first reported the party and arrests. (Los Angeles County Sheriff???s Office via AP)

Days after vowing to target coronavirus super spreader events, the Los Angeles County sheriff announced 158 arrests tied to an underground party in Palmdale, where officers recovered guns, drugs and a juvenile sex trafficking victim.

(CNN)Days after vowing to target coronavirus super spreader events, the Los Angeles County sheriff announced 158 arrests tied to an underground party in Palmdale, where officers recovered guns, drugs and a juvenile sex trafficking victim.

Deputies broke up a party Saturday night at a vacant house the party organizers had broken into, Sheriff Alex Villanueva said, calling the event "a flagrant violation of the governor's health order. "

"Had we done the normal approach, break up the party before, the same victim would have been taken to the next location, so this actually rescued her from that," Villanueva said at a news conference Tuesday.

Officers arrested 120 adults and 38 juveniles, including the "entire organizing network," Villanueva said.

The sheriff said the organizers broke into the home and used a rental truck to move in their party equipment.

The parties are always a problem but during a pandemic, they "become a deadly source of contagion and a super spreader event," the sheriff said.

That event would have had 500 people had we not broken it up," the sheriff said.

A record 10,500 patients are hospitalized in the state, California Health and Human Services Secretary Mark Ghaly said Tuesday.

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