A Merced resident was arrested after the city police department’s Gang Violence Suppression Unit searched his home and found a rifle, narcotics and cash.
Michael Hawkins, 41, was booked into the Merced County Jail Friday night for firearm possession and sales of narcotics, according to a police department news release.
The Merced Police GVSU obtained information Friday that Hawkins had firearms and narcotics at his home in the 2200 block of F Street in Merced.
Officers went to the home at 8:04 p.m. and talked with Hawkins in the front yard of the home. According to the release, Hawkins gave the officers consent to search his home.
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During the search, officers found a rifle, ammunition, packaged rock cocaine, digital scales, packaging material and cash, the release states.
Anyone with information regarding Hawkins or the crime is encouraged to contact GVSU Sgt. Brian Rodriguez at 209-385-4710, or call the Merced police tipster line at 209-385-4725. Tipsters can also text message police information to the number “847411” and including the word “Comvip” in the text message.
Vikaas Shanker: 209-826-3831, ext. 6562