Merced County sheriff's deputies arrested a woman Sunday who was accused of hiding drugs and drug paraphernalia in her child's stuffed animal.
Deputies assigned to the Assembly Bill 109 task force were conducting a compliance check on 28-year-old Sandra Oseguera about 1 p.m. in the 5000 block of Highway 140 when a sheriff's dog with the department's K-9 division detecteded the scent of drugs coming from a teddy bear on Oseguera's bed that belonged to her 2-year-old son, said deputy Tom MacKenzie, sheriff's spokesman.
After the sheriff's dog, a 2-year-old black Labrador named Rally, alerted its handler, deputy Brankel Nobari, he looked inside the teddy bear and found a gram of methamphetamine, a small scale and a straw that can be used to inhale meth, MacKenzie said.
Oseguera was arrested in January on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine and possession of meth for sale, but was released under AB 109 -- legislation that shifted some state prisoners to the local level and allowed for the early release of some prison inmates who aren't sex offenders or convicted of violent or other serious crimes.
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After Sunday's arrest, Oseguera will face a new charge of possession of meth, MacKenzie said.
Oseguera's son wasn't at home during the incident, MacKenzie said. The child was staying with his father.
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