Traffic Stop Leads to Narcotics Search Warrant in Los Banos

On 12/21/2017 Officer Richard Mancera and Officer Luis Castellanos were assigned to a two-person patrol team. The officers stopped a white Honda Odyssey van for running a stop sign near the intersection of SR165 and Henry Miller Rd.

The vehicle was driven by Hugo Tovar, 37 of Los Banos. Ofc. Todd Carter arrived on scene, and K-9 Maverick did an open air sniff of the vehicle. K-9 Maverick alerted to the presence of a drug and as a result the vehicle was searched. Officers located a baggie of crystal methamphetamine and a glass smoking pipe. Tovar was arrested for possession of methamphetamine and passenger Jammie Barton, 38 of Los Banos was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia

Los Banos Police Officers and Detectives executed a search warrant at Tovar’s residence in the 800 block of Del Rio Drive in the City of Los Banos. Officers located over 1.4 lbs of crystal methamphetamine within the home.

Christopher Thatcher, age 41 of Los Banos, was found at the residence and arrested for various narcotic violations.

During the investigations, officers seized a total of 1.4 lbs of crystal methamphetamine and over $2000.00 in cash.

 Photo Courtesy – Los Banos PD

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