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Winton man arrested on three meth charges

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.

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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