Man arrested after cop stops 'suspicious' vehicle

Francisco Tarin Garcia, 34, of Merced, was arrested Saturday afternoon in the 3200 block of Denver Avenue on charges of possession and transportation of methamphetamine.

Sgt. Don King of the Merced Police Department said Officer Gerald Bohanan noticed a suspicious vehicle circling the area and stopped it in an apartment complex driveway as the passenger, Garcia, attempted to crouch down in the seat.

In the 12:09 p.m. incident, Bohanan found a package of methamphetamine under Garcia's seat. Garcia was booked into Merced County Jail; because of a parole hold, he is not eligible for bail, King said.

-- Doane Yawger