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2 arrested after drugs, lab, cash found on north Merced County property

TURLOCK -- Members of the Merced County Sherriff’s STAR team are searching a home in the 1700 block of Greenway Avenue in Turlock after officers uncovered 10 pounds of finished methamphetamine, several pounds of cocaine and a large sum of money early this afternoon.

Sherriff’s Spokesman Tom MacKenzie said officers were sent to the home after receiving a tip that large quantities of drugs were being sold from the residence. When officers knocked on the door around noon, two men invited them into the home, where 10 pounds of processed methamphetamine were stored in an open cooler in plain sight.

Officers arrested the men, Heriberto Avalos, 38, and Jose Talavera, 53. MacKenzie said Talavera was believed to be from California and Avalos had a Kentucky ID card on him.

A short time later, officers served a search warrant on the residence and discovered a methamphetamine conversion laboratory, more methamphetamine products in solution, six kilos of cocaine in the trunk of a car outside and a “large sum of cash, we don’t know how much yet,” MacKenzie said.

The Merced Sherriff’s Tactical and Reconnaissance is now joined at the scene by the Department of Justice and the Merced Mariposa High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Unit.

The home on Greenway is located near the Merced/Stanislaus county line.

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