Merced police arrest four men on possession of drugs for sale and other charges

The Merced Police Department arrested four men Friday morning on charges of possession of drugs for sale and other alleged violations.

Officer Nick Dejong had developed information that a wanted person identified as Rudy Herrera was living in a house on Primrose Avenue. Dejong and other officers went there to try to arrest him on the outstanding warrant.

When officers went to the front of the house, a man later identified as Rudy Torres, 25, left the house and threw a baggie of meth into a trash can, according to a police department news release.

Once officers entered the house, they encountered Christopher Cortez, a parolee, and Jake Ross. Cortez, 40, was arrested for a parole violation, and Ross, 20, also had a warrant for his arrest.

Officers also found Herrera and additional drugs, as well as a scale, the news release said.

Torres was arrested for possession of a controlled substance. Herrera, 29, was arrested for sales of a controlled substance and on an arrest warrant.

All the suspects were booked into the Merced County Sheriff’s Department jail.

Officers ask anyone with any information about this incident to contact Dejong at (209) 388-7722 or (209) 385-4702. You can also call the department’s tip line at (209) 385-4725. The public can also send information via anonymous text messages to the department by dialing “TIP411” (847411) and including the word “ComVIP” as the keyword in the text message.