Police arrested a Modesto woman on suspicion of trying to sell Oxycontin pills in front of undercover officers with two children in her car.
The arrest Tuesday of Amber Sesto, 31, and the suspected buyer led to the arrests of seven more trying to buy the prescription pain medication, according to Sgt. Rick Armendariz of the Modesto Police Department.
Investigators reportedly saw Sesto in the parking lot of a shopping center at Coffee Road and Floyd Avenue at about 3 p.m.
A 20-year-old Modesto man, identified as Brandon Martin, approached Sesto sitting in her parked car along with the children — Sesto's 9-year-old daughter and her daughter's 14-year-old friend. He got in the car and bought the pills.
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Investigators arrested Sesto for child endangerment and possession for sales of illegal drugs. Martin was arrested for possession for sales of illegal drugs.
As officers were questioning Martin, his cell phone kept ringing, police said. Officers used it to arrange drug deals with the callers. The next day, officers sold fake pills to prospective buyers.
They were arrested for attempt to purchase and possess narcotics.
Arrested at various locations in Modesto were Colin McGaffrey, 20; Samuel Cardenas, 19; Kevin Singleton, 25; Andrew Gutierrez, 20; Andrew Garber, 19; and two 17-year-olds.
All were Modesto residents.