MODESTO – Acting on a complaint about suspected narcotics sales, authorities located drugs and lab supplies after conducting a search at two properties.
Deputies assigned to the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Community Resource Unit conducted a probation search at a residence on the 500 block of Bystrum Road Tuesday. Officials at the scene said they received complaints about the property reporting suspected controlled substance sales. The investigation resulted in Tuesday’s search of a home and adjacent property.
During the probation search, a total of 5 people were detained. Some had fled to the adjacent property into a marijuana grow surrounded by metal sheeting to shield the plants from public view. Several cars in and around the properties were searched as well in case people were hiding in them.
Authorities were able to convince those attempting to hide in the grow to surrender. The access to the grow from the residence in question gave authorities reason to believe both properties were affiliated. Although authorities were able to conduct an initial search based on the probation status of a resident, deputies obtained a search warrant for the properties. At least one person was on probation for narcotics and theft related charges, officials said.
During the investigation, one person walked up to authorities and claimed ownership of the grow. That person was also detained by authorities.
During the search of the properties, deputies located a safe containing cannabis product, an estimated half pound of crystal methamphetamine, cash and heroin. Assistance from the Ceres Fire Department was utilized to cut the safe open.
Deputies also located scales, several baggies, pipes, and items to produce a butane honey oil lab. Officials noted the lab was in its early stages, allowing it to be safely dismantled and removed. Butane labs are considered extremely dangerous and volatile, often exploding from small sparks or static electricity discharges.
Ammunition and about 100 mature marijuana plants were also found and confiscated by the Community Resource Unit. At least two of the people detained faced cultivation charges related to the case.
Armed Suspect Captured After Pursuit, Crash
STOCKTON – A pursuit involving an armed suspect ended in a collision Monday evening.
At about 6:33pm an officer tried to pull over a vehicle and recognized the motorist as someone who was on post release community supervision for gun charges. The driver did not stop and led the officer on a pursuit.
The suspect vehicle collided into a pole near the intersection of East Miner Avenue and North Pilgrim Street. The Stockton Police vehicle behind the suspect collided into the duplex on the corner.
The officer in the vehicle and one occupant of the home were taken to a hospital to be treated for minor injuries.
Police say the suspect was apprehended and found with a firearm in his possession. Their identity was not available Monday night.
Stanislaus State University Warns Students And Staff about Positive COVID-19 Cases Present on Campus
TURLOCK – Safety and Risk Management with the Stanislaus State University Campus in Turlock said two persons who tested positive for COVID-19 were present on campus and warned students and staff about potential exposure.
The university said via an email that on January 15th they received notice two persons previously on campus had tested positive for COVID-19.
The first person was on campus from Monday, January 11th to the 13th from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on the second floor of the Demergasso-Bava Hall which houses the departments of business, communications, cognitive studies, liberal studies, education and computer science. The campus newspaper, The Signal and the radio station, KCSS are located at the Demergasso-Bava Hall as well.
Stanislaus State said in the email sent out to students and faculty that the person was present at the restrooms and mailroom on the second floor of the hall.
The second person was on campus Wednesday, January 13th at the shipping and receiving warehouse between 8:00am and 5:00pm, the warehouse restrooms near the break rooms, and the Mary Stuart Rogers Building shipping and receiving elevator at about 3:30pm.
The university also mentioned that students or faculty who were at the same locations may or may not have been exposed to the virus. They mentioned no action was required for those who felt they were not exposed and that an exposure investigation was underway. Those who were considered to be in close contact were told they would receive an additional notification.
Anyone who possibly came into contact with the persons infected on campus was asked to complete the Stan State COVID -19 Reporting Form and can contact the Stan State COVID-19 Response Team by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (209) 664-6500.
Fundraiser Established For Ceres Homicide Victim
CERES – Authorities identified 18-year-old Miguel Peña of Ceres, known as Sebastián to his family, as the homicide victim from Monday.
Sebastián was a passenger of a vehicle with two other occupants on Malik Drive near Strawberry Fields Park Monday night, when another vehicle drove by and opened fire. Sebastián was struck several times, another occupant was struck in the arm.
Just two months before his death, Sebastián had lost his mother after a hard fought battle with cancer.
“Two months ago we suffered the great loss of my mother, who fought tirelessly with cancer and sadly lost the battle. Today my family is in mourning again after the loss of my younger brother Miguel Ángel Sebastián Peña,” said Fabiola Peña, one of Sebastián’s older sisters in a GoFundMe fundraiser.
Police say Sebastián underwent surgery but passed away a few days after the shooting. Peña says her family is left with enormous pain and emptiness.
“With heart in hand we ask you to help us with whatever you can; either financially or with your prayers. Family and friends, the Peña family. We need you more than ever.”
Anyone who would like to help the Peña family can do so by CLICKING HERE.
The Ceres Police Department is continuing to investigate and ask anyone with information or surveillance video to contact Officer Brian Petersen at (209) 538-5627. If callers wish to remain anonymous they can contact Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 or 1-866-602-7463.
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