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Merced police seize drugs, gun from home of suspected gang member, officers say

Gang member Roberto Martinez, 26, of Merced, was arrested and booked into Merced County Jail Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, on suspicion of felony gun and drug charge, according to jail records.
Gang member Roberto Martinez, 26, of Merced, was arrested and booked into Merced County Jail Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, on suspicion of felony gun and drug charge, according to jail records. Courtesy Merced County Sheriff's Office

A probation search on a gang member’s Merced home led to the discovery of a revolver and a plastic bag containing methamphetamine, police said.

The Merced Police Department’s Gang Violence Suppression Unit met with 26-year-old Merced resident Roberto Martinez in front of his home at about 6 p.m. Thursday in the 600 block of West Sixth Street in Merced, according to a news release. Martinez, who was described by police as a gang member, was arrested for a warrant.

Officers also searched the home and found a revolver and a plastic bag containing methamphetamine, the release states.

Martinez was booked into Merced County Jail Thursday night with a $140,000 bond amount on felony suspicion of receiving a firearm and possession of more than a pound of a controlled substance for sale, according to jail records.

Anyone with information on Martinez is being asked to contact the Gang Violence Suppression Unit at 209-385-4710 or GVSY@cityofmerced.org, or call the Merced Police Department tipster line at 209-385-4725. Anonymous text messages can be sent to the police department by texting “847411” or “TIP411” while including “Comvip” as the keyword in the message.

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