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Manteca Police chase yields pound of meth
Enrique Salcedo Jr., a 42-year-old Stockton resident, was arrested by Manteca Police on Wednesday night after he attempted to flee a traffic stop and was discovered hiding in the backyard of a nearby residence.

A vehicle Manteca Police officers believed to be stolen ended up containing a lot more than just improper license plates. 

Shortly after 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Manteca Police attempted to pull over a red BMW sedan in the area of North Powers Avenue and East North Street after officers noticed that the license plates were registered to a different vehicle entirely. 

The driver, 42-year-old Enrique Salcedo Jr. of Stockton, fled when officers activated their lights and sirens and led officers on a pursuit through a number of area neighborhoods before the combination of road construction and high speeds led to the vehicle becoming disabled. Salcedo and a female passenger then fled on foot – with the woman being captured almost immediately and officers later discovering Salcedo hiding in a neighborhood shed having ditched a bag while he was making his escape attempt. 

The bag, officers announced on Thursday, contained more than a pound of methamphetamine. 

Salcedo was booked into the San Joaquin County Jail on charges of transportation of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance for jail, evasion, and obstructing or resisting a public officer – all of which are felonies. He is currently being held on $325,000 bail for the charges stemming from the incident Wednesday and is also facing a no bail warrant for driving with a license suspended for drunk driving. 

Salcedo is scheduled to appear in the Manteca branch of the San Joaquin County Superior Court today at 1:25 p.m. to answer to the charges.

The incident Wednesday came less than a week after the Manteca Police announced that they had made multiple arrests recently stemming from several narcotics cases where several pounds of methamphetamine and cocaine were recovered from the suspects in addition to nearly $100,000 in cash. 

Officers gave no indication that the two cases were related. 

The 39-year-old female passenger in the vehicle, who also attempted to flee from officers, was released at the scene. 

To contact reporter Jason Campbell email or call 209.249.3544.