Three arrested after STAR Team finds meth at Atwater home

Kim Grace
Kim Grace

Three people are in jail on drug charges after the Merced County Sheriff's STAR Team found meth and related materials during a search of an Atwater home.

Investigators served a search warrant in the 4000 block of San Joaquin Street at 5 p.m. Tuesday, where they found an ounce of meth, packaging materials, digital scales, a meth pipe. The meth carries a street value of about $1,500, according to the sheriff's department.

Members of the STAR Team arrested Kimberly Grace, 30, of Atwater and Duane Petrof, 57, of Merced, on charges of possession of meth. Both Grace and Petrof have provided their $25,000 bails. Mitchell Caetano, 38, of Atwater, was arrested for being a parolee at large and was taken to Deuel Vocational Institute near Tracy.