Domestic squabble in Winton leads to meth bust

The Merced County sheriff's office said a domestic squabble in Winton landed a man in jail for meth.

On Wednesday night, the sheriff's office got a call about a domestic dispute in progress between and man and woman in the area of California and Myrtle avenues in Winton.

When Deputy Chris Sziraki arrived, he saw a woman lying on the ground and a man standing over her, according to a sheriff's news release.

The man, Joseph Avila, 41, of Winton was immediately detained. After searching Avila, a small scale and two small bindles of methamphetamine were found in his pocket, according to the release. The couple was at his mother's house when they started arguing. Crystal Crawford, 42, told the deputy she didn't want to fight in front of his mother so she left the house. Avila followed her outside, and the argument ensued.

According to Crawford, Avila followed her because she had been drinking and he didn't want her to get hurt. Avila said he was trying to get her to stop because he knew she had warrants for her arrest and didn't want her to get arrested because the commotion could bring the sheriff's office to the scene, the release continued.

Both parties said there was no physical violence -- only arguing -- and there were no signs of injury to either party.

After his investigation, Sziraki placed Avila under arrest for possession for sale of about half a gram of methamphetamine. Crawford was cited and released for a misdemeanor traffic warrant. Avila was booked and has already posted the $20,000 bail.

-- Sun-Star Staff