The Merced County Sheriff’s STAR team said it discovered a cache of weapons and drugs in Winton, and another investigation led to the arrest in Fresno of a female escapee from the John Latorraca Correctional Facility.
On Thursday just after 4:30 p.m. the STAR team, with help from the Merced County Probation Department, conducted a compliance check on a probationer's home in the 7700 block of Shaffer Road in Winton.
During the search team members found an SKS-type assault rifle with a 30-round detachable magazine; a .38 caliber revolver that had been reported stolen in Modesto in 1995; another .38 caliber revolver reported stolen in Hilmar in 2002; a .25 semiautomatic handgun; a bullet-proof vest and two ounces of marijuana. The person responsible for the weapons wasn’t at the residence and the investigation is still ongoing, according to a news release from Deputy Tom MacKenzie.
Earlier in the day the STAR team had developed information that escapee Latisha Wilson was staying in Fresno. Through their investigation, detectives learned that she was in the 4000 block of Shields Avenue. Wilson was a fugitive from the electronic monitoring system and was originally arrested for burglary, when she cut off her ankle bracelet, according to the news release.
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The United States Marshal's Office picked up Wilson, and detectives from the STAR team met with them and transported Wilson from Fresno back to the John Latorraca Correctional Facility. She remains in custody without bail.