Sweep results in arrests, discovery of drugs, guns

Sun-Star staffMarch 25, 2013 

Seventeen people were arrested during a 30-hour sweep Thursday and Friday in Le Grand, Santa Nella and South Dos Palos, the Merced County Sheriff's Department reported.

The sweeps included compliance checks of people on probation and parole, in addition to those with outstanding warrants, among others. Sheriff's spokesman Deputy Delray Shelton said the sweeps also were done to focus on "hot spots" for crime.

During the sweeps, deputies found four guns, in addition to a moderate amount of illegal drugs such as methamphetamine, hallucinogenic mushrooms and marijuana, Shelton said.

Among those arrested was Jonathan Galasgo, 62, who was taken into custody at his Le Grand home, where deputies allegedly found methamphetamine and firearms.

Wayne Finley, 53, was taken into custody after an enforcement stop in the 12000 block of Washington Street in Le Grand. He allegedly was found in possession of methamphetamine, Shelton said.

Joshua Hatton, 39, was taken into custody at his South Venus Street residence in Santa Nella on suspicion of possessing a controlled substance and having a firearm.

Those who participated in the operation included the Sheriff's Tactical and Reconnaissance Team, AB 109 (prison realignment) Team, Investigations Division and K-9 Division.

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