Police arrested a Modesto woman for allegedly trying to sell Oxycontin pills in front of undercover officers and with two children in her car.
The Tuesday arrest of Amber Sesto, 31, and the alleged buyer, led to the arrests of seven more trying to buy the popular prescription pain medication, according to Sgt. Rick Armendariz of the Modesto Police Department.
Investigators from the Modesto Police Narcotics Enforcement Team saw Sesto in the parking lot of a shopping center at Coffee Road and Floyd Avenue at about 3 p.m.
A 20-year-old Modesto man, identified as Brandon Martin, approached Sesto sitting in her parked car along with the children — Sesto’s 9-year-old daughter and her daughter’s 14-year-old friend.
He got in the car and bought the pills.
Once the deal was made, officers moved in and arrested Sesto and Martin without incident.
Investigators arrested Sesto for child endangerment and possession for sales of illegal drugs. Martin was arrested for possession for sales of illegal drugs.
As officers were questioning Martin, his cell phone kept going off. Officers used it to arrange drug deals with the callers.
The next day, officers used replica Oxycontin pills and sold the pills to prospective buyers.
They were arrested for attempt to purchase and possess narcotics.
Arrested at various locations around Modesto were Colin McGaffrey, 20; Samuel Cardenas, 19; Kevin Singleton, 25; Andrew Gutierrez, 20; Andrew Garber, 19; and two 17-year olds.
All were Modesto residents.