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Winton man arrested on drug charges


A Winton man was arrested Tuesday during a methamphetamine investigation.

While conducting a search of a house in the 8000 block of Walnut Avenue, members of the Merced Sheriff's Tactical and Reconnaissance Team observed Faustino Mendoza, 32, flushing evidence down the toilet, the sheriff's department said.

Mendoza was shot by a Taser when he didn't comply with orders from the sheriff's investigators, according to a press release.

Detective Jason Cope said that Mendoza flushed two ounces of meth before he was arrested. Investigators also found scales, packaging material and a bulletproof vest, and crystal meth residue in Mendoza's bedroom.

Mendoza, who is awaiting trial on narcotics charges from December, was charged with possession for sale, destruction of evidence, maintaining a house used for sales of narcotics and committing a felony while out on bail.

He has already made the $107,000 bail.