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Home Search Leads To Large Drug Bust
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Oakdale Police arrested a documented gang member and seized large quantities of illegal narcotics with a street value of over $31,000 on Monday, March 11 during a home detention search.

Oakdale Police Officer Warren Bradford said he met with Stanislaus County Sherriff’s Department deputies from the Home Detention Team after deputies checked on an individual in the 1100 block of West G Street who was assigned to home arrest with ankle bracelet monitoring.

During the search, a 17-year-old male was at the residence and drugs were located in the juvenile’s bedroom. Since the juvenile wasn’t the one on home arrest, the sheriff’s department turned the incident over to the Oakdale Police Department.

Bradford said he seized over a half-pound of methamphetamine, nearly an ounce of cocaine, black tar heroin, and two ounces of marijuana stashed in the juvenile’s bedroom. In addition to the street drugs, the suspect also had a variety of “schedule two” narcotic and prescription drugs.

Schedule Two drugs classified by the Drug Enforcement Administration are substances that have a high potential for abuse that may lead to severe psychological or physical dependence. Drugs in this category include oxycodone (OxyContin), fentanyl, and morphine.

“The suspect admitted he had been selling (drugs) for a while,” said Bradford, who also interviewed the suspect.

“One of the requirements for ankle bracelet monitoring is that they’re open to search at any time,” said Oakdale Police Sergeant Brian Shimmel. “In this case it was only the juvenile that was home.”

Bradford said the arrested juvenile had a prior list of contacts with the police and was documented as a Norteno gang member.

The 17-year-old suspect was booked into Stanislaus County Juvenile Hall on an assortment of drug charges and possession quantity enhancements.