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Update: Merced police make two separate arrests for drugs

Merced police said Officer Eduardo Chavez arrested Luis Alfonso Salcedo for possessing 5.2 grams of rock cocaine, .91 grams of crystal methamphetamine and on three active warrants for driving under the influence of alcoholic beverage or drugs, including public intoxication.

The arrest occurred shortly after 11 p.m. Wednesday in front of a barbecue restaurant, located at 560 W. 18th Street.

Officer Chavez responded to the restaurant to handle a fight that had occurred just outside, according to Merced police. The main suspect, unidentified, fled from the officers and wasn’t caught.

However, Salcedo, an associate of the suspect, remained at the scene. Chavez had the police dispatcher check him for warrants, discovering that Salcedo had three active warrants for his arrest.

Chavez arrested Salcedo on the warrants. After the arrest, Chavez found Salcedo with narcotics in his pockets, according to the police. Chavez booked Salcedo at the Merced County Jail for possessing the narcotics and on the three misdemeanor warrants.

In another incident, Merced police said Officer Ramon Ruiz made consensual contact with suspect Steven Jeffery Diaz around 12:30 p.m. Thursday in the 3300 block of R Street as Diaz walked outside an apartment known for drug sales and usage.

Ruiz asked Diaz if he had any drugs on him, according to police. Diaz told Ruiz that he wasn't going to lie, that he had methamphetamine inside his underwear. Diaz then reached his hand inside his underwear, next to his buttocks, and took out 10 grams of meth enclosed in a plastic wrapper. Ruiz immediately confiscated the drug and asked Diaz if he had any more drugs, police said.

Diaz then told Ruiz that he had marijuana in a zip-lock plastic bag inside the apartment. Diaz directed Ruiz to his backpack that contained the marijuana, which the officer confiscated, according to police.

Ruiz booked Diaz at the Merced County Jail on suspicion of possessing both methamphetamine and marijuana, both felony offenses.