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Police seize 113 pot plants, meth, carbine, cash, ammo
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Manteca Police confiscated 100 marijuana plants along with methamphetamine and a SKS semi-automatic rifle with ammo on Friday. - photo by VINCE REMBULAT

The Street Crimes Unit of the Manteca Police Department confiscated 113 marijuana plants Friday morning valued at $373,000 in addition to methamphetamine, a SKS 7.62 carbine with 300 rounds of ammunition, and over $1,600 in cash.

Jessie Jay Soto, 21, and Jessica Damaral, 22, were arrested in the case following a traffic stop shortly before 11 a.m.  That set off the probation searches of two Manteca residences, according to Street Crimes Unit Sergeant Chris Mraz.

Officers pulled Soto’s vehicle over in the 600 block of Garden Gate Avenue.  When they recognized that he was on probation and searchable, they went to his residence in the 500 block of Emperor Court and to another location where he had reportedly been staying in the 800 block of Ralph Avenue.

Sgt. Mraz said officers found a marijuana grow with 113 plants from six inches to four feet in height growing behind the front fence at the Emperor Court address.  He said the plants were being cultivated in a large square pit.  The growing area had been lowered to keep the plants from being seen over the fence from the street.

In the two residences officers said they found the rifle, ammunition and cash presumably from sales of drugs.

Soto was charged with possession of the rifle and the ammunition as a felon along with possession of the methamphetamine and cultivation of marijuana, police said.

Damaral was charged with possession of marijuana and methamphetamine with intent to sell, Mraz said.