Pot, pills found; deputies arrest 2 near Ceres

A vehicle pursuit early Wednesday led Stanislaus County sheriff's deputies to seize about 1,000 prescription painkillers and discover hundreds of marijuana plants at a home south of Ceres.

The incident began about 1:40 a.m. when deputies responded to a report of shots fired in the 5300 block of Moffett Road, east of North Central Avenue and north of East Keyes Road.

A deputy arrived and spotted a vehicle leaving the area at a high rate of speed, said sheriff's Lt. Mario Cisneros. The pursuit ensued, and the deputies spotted the passenger throwing pills out of the fleeing vehicle, he said.

The fleeing vehicle stopped and deputies took the driver, Omar Perez Delgadillo, and the passenger, Benjamin Synder, into custody.

Cisneros said the deputies later recovered the pills, which included more than 1,000 tablets of Percocet and Vicodin.

Marijuana in house

The deputies returned to the 5300 block of Moffett Road, where the report of shots fired originated. Cisneros said the deputies did not find a victim, but they did find a nearby home suspected of housing a marijuana growing operation.

Inside the home, the Stanislaus Drug Enforcement Agency seized about 600 marijuana plants, Cisneros said. The narcotics agents took over the marijuana investigation.

Cisneros said the deputies arrested Delgadillo and Synder, both 24, on drug charges in connection with the prescription pills. No arrests had been made in the marijuana investigation.

Bee staff writer Rosalio Ahumada can be reached at or 578-2394.