Three Merced County men ar­rested for selling meth in Merced and Planada

Merced Sun-Star (Saturday) - - Local - BY THAD­DEUS MILLER [email protected]­ced­sun-star.com

Three men with con­nec­tions to Planada were ar­rested this week in two sep­a­rate in­ci­dents for al­legedly selling metham­phetamine, ac­cord­ing to po­lice.

The Merced Po­lice Depart­ment’s Gang Vi­o­lence Sup­pres­sion Unit “de­vel­oped in­for­ma­tion” that a man was selling drugs from the Si­esta Mo­tel in Merced, ac­cord­ing to po­lice. Of­fi­cers served a search war­rant at his room about 11:36 p.m. on Thurs­day, a news re­lease said.

In the room in the 1300 block of West 16th Street were sev­eral peo­ple as well as a loaded re­volver, am­mu­ni­tion and metham­phetamine, po­lice said. Of­fi­cers ar­rested 24-yearold Jonathan Zamora, who was de­scribed as a gang mem­ber, on sus­pi­cion of firearm and drug crimes.

He was later booked at the Merced County Jail, where he re­mained Fri­day in lieu of $100,000 bail, ac­cord­ing to jail records.

The Si­esta Mo­tel has been known as a place rife with pros­ti­tu­tion and drug crimes. In Fe­bru­ary 2017, a Merced County judge is­sued a per­ma­nent in­junc­tion against the own­ers and op­er­a­tors of the Si­esta Mo­tel, re­quir­ing them to take steps to end years of as­saults, drug crimes and rob­beries for an area prose­cu­tors have de­scribed as “a hub of pros­ti­tu­tion.”

The pre­vi­ous day about 10 a.m. the same po­lice unit said they ar­rested 49-year-old Gabriel An­drade and 41-year-old Je­sus Moreno in Dana Court and Ay­ala Court in Planada, re­spec­tively, for al­legedly selling metham­phetamine.

Moreno re­mains in cus­tody in lieu of $270,000 bail and An­drade is no longer in cus­tody, ac­cord­ing to jail records.

Merced po­lice are ask­ing any­one with any in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing this in­ci­dent to con­tact Gang Vi­o­lence Sup­pres­sion Unit Sgt. Brian Ro­driguez at 209-385-4710 or [email protected]­ofmerced.org or the Merced Po­lice Depart­ment Tip­ster Line at 209-385-4725. The pub­lic can send in­for­ma­tion via anony­mous text mes­sages to po­lice depart­ment by di­al­ing “TIP411” (847411) and in­clud­ing the word “Comvip” as the “key­word” in the text mes­sage.

Gabriel An­drade

Jonathan Zamora

Je­sus Moreno

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