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Update: Task force busts big Winton meth lab, arrests five; two kids on scene

WINTON — A quiet, mundane residential neighborhood was the site of a sizable meth lab bust Wednesday, as a Merced Multi-Agency Narcotics Task Force investigators made five arrests and found more than $180,000 in crystal methamphetamine.

Investigators say the suspects had two small children in the 6814 Arlene Drive home, which was saturated with dangerous levels of toxic fumes.

The team, which also included agents from the Fresno HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area), Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement and the Merced County Sheriff’s Department served a search warrant at the home at 9 a.m. They arrested suspects Luis Murillo, 27, Jose Marcos, 30, Sonia Zavalas, 20, Maria Quintero, 28, and Hector Ramos, 22, — all of whom were residents of the home.

Inside, the agents found about 10 pounds of crystal methamphetamine with a street value between $18,000 and $25,000, according to Cmdr. Neil Compston of the Merced Multi-Agency Narcotics Task Force.