Alvino Sanchez, 37, of Winton, was arrested Monday afternoon on drug charges after a search warrant was served at his California Street apartment.
Deputy Kevin Blake of the Merced County Sheriff's Department Sheriff's Tactical and Reconnaissance team said Sanchez was arrested about 1 p.m. on charges of possession of methamphetamine, possession of meth for sale and maintaining a house where narcotics are used or sold. The arrest followed a two-week investigation.
About 1.5 grams of crystal meth were located in a bag on the kitchen counter and 29 grams were found in the garage, in the bottom of a laundry basket underneath some clothes, according to police.
Three STAR team deputies and two state parole agents also located two digital scales with meth residue on them and $420 in cash, Blake said.
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Deputies also are exploring submitting charges of child endangerment with the District Attorney's office since Sanchez' wife and three young children were in the apartment, Blake said. Sanchez' arrest followed a two-week investigation and he was a significant street-level dealer. Sanchez also gave jailers a false name during the booking procedure.
Sanchez remained in Merced County Jail on Monday night in lieu of $45,000 bail, according to a correctional official.
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