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• DRUG ARRESTS MADE: CERES - Police made two arrests and are looking for a third suspect in connection with a narcotics search warrant executed Thursday at 3016 Central Avenue.

SWAT teams from Ceres Police and the Sheriff's Department were deployed to a fenced-in compound containing two homes and a small shop near Railroad and Central avenues.

One home, where Benjamin Campbell, 34, of Ceres, was arrested, yielded less than a gram of heroin and $2,900 in cash. He was charged with possession of heroin.

In the secondary residence, police located two ounces of methamphetamine and inside the small shop found four pounds of methamphetamine with a street value of $48,000. They also seized three handguns, one which was stolen.

Mark Burgess, 51, of Ceres, was arrested and charged with possession of controlled substances for sales.

Police continue their search for their main suspect, Ricardo Padilla, 40, of Ceres, who awaits charges of possession of methamphetamine for sales, and possession of stolen property.

After the bust, police were led to 934 Stillwater Lane where a tow trucks was towing off a car. Police suspect that Padilla was attempting to get rid of his car to throw police off the trail.

Under drug asset forfeiture laws, officers towed off $70,000 worth of vehicles from the compound, which was guarded by pit bulls.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Ricardo Padilla is urged to contact Ceres Police Detectives at 538-5727, or Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636.

• BAG OF CEMENT CAUSES CAR DAMAGE: CERES - A 2008 Chevy Silverado sustained $1,000 in damage on Tuesday, Nov. 8 after it struck a bag of cement powder lying in Mitchell Road.

The case is being treated as vandalism.

The driver was southbound on Mitchell Road at 40 mph when at 10:45 p.m. he struck the bag near Roeding Road. The driver attempted to swerve but had little time before a pickup tire hit the bag and caused major damage.

Officers believe the bag was intentionally set in the road, ruling out that it fell off the back of another vehicle.

• DUI CHARGES FILED: CERES - Christian Linares, 29, of Modesto, was arrested by police Tuesday, Nov. 8 after he allegedly fled a fight at a Ceres home and was found driving while intoxicated.

At 1:58 a.m. police received a call about the fight outside a home in the 3000 block of Seventh Street and that one of the parties was leaving in a Chevy truck. A vehicle matching the description of the suspect's car was spotted and stopped before it entered Highway 99.

Linares was charged with DUI and possession of methamphetamine.

• POT LANDS TWO IN JAIL: CERES - Two Ceres residents were jailed Friday evening for possessing marijuana, which police believe was being sold to others.

At 9:05 p.m. Officer James Riley went to a home in the 3200 block of Uranus Drive on reports of an illegal pot growing operation. The residents consented to a search and officers located 50 pounds of dried marijuana, 10 grams of concentrated cannabis as well as scales and packaging materials.

Jasper Carter, 32, of Ceres, was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sales, child endangerment and a no bail warrant issued by the San Jose Police Department.

Alisha Tolbert, 33, of Ceres, was also arrested and charged with possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sales and child endangerment.

• MAN ARRESTED AFTER FLEEING DUI CRASH: CERES - Amardeep Majjar, 31, of Ceres, was arrested Saturday evening after he fled the scene of a drunk driving crash at Ninth Street and Roeding Avenue.

Majjar allegedly ran from the scene of the 10:56 p.m. crash but was later located at Eighth and Lawrence streets. Majjar was reportedly combative and failed to comply with officers' commands and a scuffle ensued. Majjar sustained a swollen nose and cut above an eye during the struggle.

Majjar's breath registered a 0.22 blood alcohol content on the breathalyzer.

Majjar was on probation for a prior DUI conviction and was charged with DUI, hit and run and obstructing or delaying an officer.

• ROCK IN ROAD TEARS UP CAR: CERES - A driver failed to see a rock placed in the eastbound lane of River Road Saturday and ran over it, only to tear a hole in the car oil pan and gas tank.

Police believe the rock was placed in the road near Mancini Park with malicious intent to cause damage.

During the 9:56 p.m. incident, the car leaked 20 gallons of fuel and four quarts of oil onto the roadway which prompted a fire deartment treatment as a hazardous materials spill and city crews to flush the storm drain system.

• MORE STOLEN STORM DRAIN GRATES: CERES - Police investigated the disappearance of storm drain grates missing on streets in the Eastgate area on Saturday.

Two grates covering 18-inch and 24-inch openings in the streets were missing from the area of Southern Oak and Northern Oak and one at Eastgate and Whitmore.

Police are checking with local recyclers to see if they are being redeemed for cash.

• PETTY THEFT TURNS TO ROBBERY: CERES - The petty theft of $40 worth of merchandise from Cost Less Foods on Hatch Road Sunday turned into a robbery charge after the suspect threatened a store security officer with a handgun.

On Sunday a suspect was seen walking out of the store after shoplifting. The man, described as a bald-headed white man standing about 6-foot-4 bald, wearing a mustache and gray hoodie and black pants, brandished a weapon. He fled in an awaiting BMW.

On Monday officers located a car in the 2900 block of Fifth Street matching the suspect car description. Officers stopped the car and the two occupants appeared to be the suspect and get away driver.

Matthew Lee, 29, was arrested and charged for robbery. Lt. Brent Smith said Lee was wearing the same clothes as described in the robbery.

His brother, Eric Lee, 32, of Ceres, was arrested as an accomplice.

A weapon was not located however a round for a flare gun was found inside the vehicle.