PATTERSON — Four people were arrested Thursday after Stanislaus County sheriff's detectives served search warrants at two homes and discovered drugs, guns and stolen property.
The arrests were the culmination of a four-week investigation by property- and rural-crime detectives, said sheriff's Capt. Tim David.
The detectives served the first search warrant about 9:15 a.m. in the 1900 block of Fig Avenue, a few miles east of Patterson.
At the house, detectives seized 11 grams of methamphetamine, about 40 stolen tools, machinist equipment stolen from a Modesto warehouse, a stolen flat-bed trailer, three guns and an indoor marijuana-growing operation.
David said the detectives found 18 marijuana plants in the early stages of growth; each was about a foot tall. If allowed to mature, the plants would have an estimated street value of $160,000.
Sawed-off shotgun found
The detectives found a loaded .22-caliber rifle, an AR-15 assault rifle stolen in an April vehicle burglary in Keyes and a 20-gauge sawed-off shotgun. David said sawing off the shotgun's barrel makes it illegal to possess.
David said the stolen machinist equipment, which is designed to cut metal, was itself being cut apart to be sold as scrap metal.
The detectives arrested Robert Lewis Jaquish, 45, on suspicion of possession of meth, possession of a firearm while possessing a narcotic, possession of stolen property and cultivating marijuana.
Also arrested at the home were Ricky Eugene Jones, 30, and David Lynn Templeton, 53, on suspicion of possession of a loaded firearm while possessing a narcotic, possession of stolen property, possession of a stolen weapon and possession of an illegal weapon.
The detectives detained Barbara Davis, 19, at the home, but she was released because she was scheduled to undergo a surgery soon and posed no threat to the public, David said. The detectives intend to forward Davis' case to the Stanislaus County district attorney's office.
David said Davis faces charges of possession of stolen property, cultivating marijuana and child endangerment. A 3-year-old boy was living at the home.
Jaquish, Jones and Davis lived at the Fig Avenue home. David said Templeton is a transient but is usually seen at the home.
The detectives served the second search warrant about 10:30 a.m. at a home in the 1700 block of Bliss Road, several miles south of Ceres and west of Turlock.
The detectives did not find anything at the Bliss Road home, but they obtained information that led them to the home of Roy Serapio Irelan, 22, in the 2400 block of Thomas Avenue in Ceres.
There, the detectives arrested Irelan on suspicion of burglary, grand theft, vehicle theft and possession of stolen property. David said Irelan is suspected of stealing the flat-bed trailer and other items found at the Patterson home.
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