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Rice Krispies go to pot as police make drug arrest

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Rice Krispies go to pot as police make drug arrest

Manteca detective Steve Harris escorts suspect Jesse Soto, 20, out the front door of his Ralph Street home Thursday morning charged with violation of probation and possession of marijuana for sale.

GLENN KAHL/The Bulletin

POSTED October 23, 2009 2:57 a.m.
Marijuana-laced Rice Krispies and Cap’n Crunchberry clusters were found in a probation search at a Manteca residence in the 800 block of Ralph Street Thursday morning.

In addition to the individual clusters wrapped in Saran Wrap, Manteca Police seized a 12-guage sawed off shotgun, a loaded .22 caliber revolver, 12 mature marijuana plants, 18 smaller plants and Mason Jars filled with marijuana buds.

Manteca’s detective unit, street crimes unit, and two county probation officers were making a routine probation search when they discovered the marijuana growing inside the suspect’s home.

The search netted one pound of “good quality” processed marijuana buds and another eight pounds of marijuana trimmed from the existing plants.  Detectives feared the laced clusters might have been planned for use on Halloween possibly because of orange coloring.

Officer Mike Kelly and his drug dog “Rusty” entered the home and located some of the find in the house and the garage.

Jesse Soto, 20, was already on probation for possession for sale of marijuana having been arrested earlier at the same address.  Officers confiscated the marijuana at that time in addition to more than $6,000 in cash believed to have been from marijuana sales.

Thursday Soto was charged with possession of marijuana for sale, for being a felon in possession of firearms and for the cultivation of marijuana at his home.

Detective Steve Harris said there were growing lights set up in the garage with a second room under construction.  The “false rooms” walls were covered with foil to help in the growing effort, he said.  Officers said they had received countless complaints about the activities at the Ralph Street home from numerous neighbors.

Harris noted that the two weapons would be sent off to the California Department of Justice to determine if they had been used in any other crimes.

Soto was transported to San Joaquin County Jail in French Camp.
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