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Atwater warrant search turns up meth, weapons

Authorities arrested two people on suspicion of selling methamphetamine in Atwater on Thursday morning. A two-week investigation by the Merced Multi-Agency Narcotics Task Force led up to the arrests, task force Cmdr. Neil Compston said.

About a dozen officers served a search warrant at 1191 Second Street in Atwater around 9:30 a.m., Compston said. Police arrested 48-year-old Maria Rocha Perez and 31-year-old Vidal Rosales Sanchez, both of whom lived at the house. Authorities found an ounce-and-a-half of meth buried in the backyard, Compston said. Inside he said they found $4,000 in cash, a pound of marijuana, some hash, a handgun and a sawed-off shotgun.

“There’d been some allegation of meth sales at the location, and we found plenty of evidence of that,” Compston said. “This was a fairly sizable amount, plus we got some dangerous weapons off the streets of Atwater.”

He said two other adults were at the house at the time of the search but they were not arrested. A child also was there. Authorities called Child Protective Services but did not take the child, Compston said.

The pair arrested was taken to Merced County Jail. They’ll be charged with possession of meth, possession of meth for sale and possession of a sawed-off shotgun, officials said.

—Corinne Reilly