Manteca Police Street Crimes Unit officers took two guns along with a supply of drugs off the streets during a 24-hour period Wednesday and Thursday while checking on the parole status of former inmates, according to police spokesman Jason Hensley.
Detectives – partnered with state parole officer Paul Richison – first arrested Elvis Vega, 21, Wednesday morning in the 400 block of Greenbrier Avenue allegedly having packages of methamphetamine in his possession ready for sale. Vega was armed with a stolen .380 hand gun, officers said.
Officer Hensley said the second arrest came at about 11 a.m. on Thursday during another parole check on Jessica Marie Lopez, 32, in the 300 block of Pacific Road. She, too, was in possession of methamphetamine for sale and a loaded semi-automatic handgun, Hensley added.
Both were charged with being in possession of a loaded firearm while attempting to sell the dangerous drugs, police said.
Vega had other charges for street terrorism, receiving stolen property along with being armed with a firearm during a felony and child abuse/endangerment. His bail was set at $410,000.
Lopez was jailed on a parole hold without bail at the San Joaquin County Jail in French Camp.
Late Thursday afternoon the Manteca Police Department’s Street Crimes Unit made their eighth arrest in three days on another parolee found with methamphetamine in his possession. Hensley said his department is very grateful to having a state parole agent accompany Manteca detectives on their investigations.
“It’s a great paring where we work with them on their investigations and they work with us on our investigations,” Hensley said.