2 busted on meth charges; 4 kids at Merced home

Two adults were arrested and four children sent to foster care after Merced police served a warrant at a residence where methamphetamine was being packaged and sold, police said.

According to a news release, Merced officers searched a home this weekend at 350 R St., where they believed Luis Navarro, a validated gang member, was selling methamphetamine, police said.

The officers found several baggies of meth, three scales and packaging material for the drugs. Saul Hernandez, 21, and Alicia Alvarez, 29, were also in the home at the time of the search as were Alvarez's four children -- ages 10, 9, 6 and 2.

The children were placed in a foster home pending an investigation by Child Protective Services.

Alvarez was already under monitoring visits by the agency. Gang paraphernalia in the house belonging to Navarro and Alvarez were uncovered.

Alvarez was booked at Merced County Jail and charged with possession for sale of methamphetamine and felony child endangerment.

Navarro was booked at the jail and charged with possession for sale of methamphetamine with a gang enhancement.

Hernandez was issued a citation for being at a place where drugs were sold.