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Deputies patrolling Mission Ridge desert area for illegal activity

Mission Ridge Neighborhood (KFOX14/CBS4)

Breaking the law in Far East El Paso County just got more difficult.

People living in the Mission Ridge area have complained about stray bullets coming too close to their homes, some hitting and damaging their property. Recreational shooting has been a problem in that area.

But now, the El Paso Sheriff’s Office is looking to make it a little safer for people living there because recreational shooting isn’t the only problem.

The desert areas in that side of town have become popular spots for underage drinkers, off-roading and bonfires.

The latest desert operation is looking to stop people from breaking the law.

It’s being launched in the Mission Ridge Subdivision off of Loop 375 and Eastlake Boulevard.

El Paso County has a burn ban and those caught starting a fire could face a fine of up to $500.

KFOX14’s Ryan Hill took a ride with one of the deputies patrolling these areas to see what they are looking out for.

"A lot of people out here feel and believe that it's us, the sheriff’s office, that are here ... not allowing them to burn but ... it's actually the county (of) El Paso ... that's enforcing it. But it's our job to be out here to enforce it and educate the public,” deputy Mathew Mena said.

ATV accidents have also become a problem.

The deputies hope that the new initiative will keep people from being involved in dangerous activity in that area.

“It's all year round that we are wanting to enforce that, not just any particular season," Mena said.

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