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Police say man was selling pot, meth while at downtown job
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The Manteca Police  Street Crimes Unit made an unusual drug arrest Monday morning of a Lathrop man allegedly selling drugs from a downtown Manteca business where he worked.

Shogun Vera, 26, of a Seventh Street address in Lathrop, was arrested for possession of both methamphetamine and marijuana for sale shortly before 11 a.m.

Detectives said Shogun had been under surveillance for several weeks prior to his arrest.  Officers had pulled in behind him after he left for work and  after he drove into an industrial business at the corner of Louise and McKinley avenues.

Officers reportedly found a small amount of marijuana in his 2005 Honda sedan.  They also called canine officer Mike Kelly and his drug sniffing partner, “Rusty” to the scene of the traffic stop.

The dog went through the vehicle and ended up in the trunk, but was not able to find anything more inside the car.

Detectives had Shogun transported to the police department as they visited his home on Seventh Street with search warrant in hand.  They reportedly found cash and additional drugs at the home, enough, they said, to charge the man with possession for sale.

Officers declined to say where the Lathrop man worked in Manteca, because they said the business was not involved and they felt it could possibly hurt their business in the current unstable economy.

The Manteca Street Crime Unit on Friday arrested another man for possession of stolen property as they served a search warrant on Thomsen Street.  They located what they described as stolen powered, hydraulic and pneumatic construction tools stored in his garage just north of Lathrop School.

The Manteca unit had gone to Lathrop to serve the warrant because of a suspected connection with thefts that had occurred at Manteca construction sites.  They had also cited another man at the same address with possession of some two pounds of marijuana.