By allowing ads to appear on this site, you support the local businesses who, in turn, support great journalism.
Flipping off cop leads to arrest on drug charges
Placeholder Image
RIPON — A Ripon police officer on patrol called for backup Thursday morning after his was “flipped off” by a man standing in a garage on Ridge Avenue who was known to be on searchable probation.

Officer Stephen Meece also recognized that the individual was a documented gang member allegedly yelling profanities at him before he fled deeper into the garage.

Additional Ripon officers responded to the scene to assist in the probation search along with the department’s drug dog “Topper.”

Jose Antonio Mendoza, 20, of Ripon was booked into the San Joaquin County Jail on felony drug possession charges, police said. Ripon officers discovered over five grams of crystal methamphetamine and a small amount of marijuana.  Police said they were concerned with the presence of the drugs as a small child lives in the residence and had possible access to the crystal meth.

Charged with one felony and one misdemeanor, Mendoza is currently held in the San Joaquin County Jail in French Camp.  He is due to appear in court on Oct. 4, at 1:30 p.m. in the Manteca Branch of the San Joaquin County Superior Court.