Authorities served three search warrants Tuesday in Stockton in a hunt for evidence linked to a November fatal shooting in Ceres.
Investigators arrested three men and discovered guns, drugs and evidence of drug sales at two of the homes, according to Ceres police.
Those arrested, however, were booked on charges that are not related to the shooting of Ryan Flores, 22, who was killed shortly before 1:30 a.m. Nov. 22 in the 2000 block of Boothe Road in Ceres.
Officers arrived at the scene and found Flores lying on the ground with multiple gunshot wounds in his upper torso. Authorities tried to resuscitate him, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.
During the Stockton searches, authorities seized three handguns, about three ounces of methamphetamine, a quarter-pound of marijuana, three grams of what is believed to be cocaine and other evidence that indicates drug dealing.
The Central Valley Gang Impact Task Force, Stockton police and the FBI assisted Ceres police in serving the search warrants.
Officers found Bennie Rivera, 40, and Anthony Rivera, 22, both of Stockton, while searching a home in the 800 block of North Airport Way. It was unclear whether the men are related.
Bennie Rivera was a wanted parolee and taken into custody. Anthony Rivera was arrested on suspicion of being armed while committing a felony, possessing a controlled substance for the purpose of sales, being a felon in possession of a firearm and tampering with a firearm's serial number.
Authorities found Paul Arroyo, 26, of Stockton at a home in the 2400 block of East Poplar Street.
Arroyo was arrested on suspicion of possessing stolen property, being armed while in possession of controlled substances, being armed while committing a felony, being a felon in possession of a firearm, possession of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of sales and using a firearm while committing a crime for a street gang.
No one was found at the third home that officers searched. It was in the 10000 block of Nation Circle.
Ceres police ask anyone with information the November shooting to call Detective Keith Griebel at 538-5627.
Bee staff writer Rosalio Ahumada can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 578-2394.