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Marijuana Confiscated As Police Report Busy Week
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Riverbank deputies confiscated marijuana plants, packaged marijuana, weapons and ammunition after serving a search warrant in the city. Riverbank Police Services Photo

With multiple cases to handle, one incident for the Riverbank Police Services (RPS) Deputies this week included confiscating marijuana and making an arrest in connection with the case.

According to police reports, during the morning hours on Thursday, July 16, Riverbank detectives and patrol officers served a search warrant on Tennessee Avenue. Approximately 500 marijuana plants, 30 pounds of processed marijuana, a stolen firearm, and a high capacity drum magazine were recovered. Police reported that Mario Sanchez Manjarrez, a known convicted felon, was arrested for multiple felony charges including possession of a stolen firearm as a result of the search warrant being served.

Also of note during the week, officers were dispatched to a male subject who was passed out in front of a residence on Van Dusen Avenue on Sunday evening. Deputies contacted a man in the driver’s seat with the vehicle running. While talking to the man, Deputy Xiong could smell a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the subject. He admitted to drinking and was cooperative for field sobriety tests that he failed. He initially agreed to a breath test but would not blow in the device. Police said the driver then became uncooperative and physically resisted arrest but was taken into custody without injury to himself or the deputies.

On Friday, July 17 deputies were dispatched to the report of an altercation on Newbrook Drive. The victim and suspect were involved in a verbal altercation during the evening which escalated and turned physical; the suspect was accused of pushing the victim, causing her to lose her balance. He was arrested and booked into jail without any further incident.

Deputy Maldonado conducted a traffic stop for a vehicle code violation. The driver was found to have a confirmed warrant for his arrest. During the arrest search the deputy located meth and a glass pipe on the suspect and he admitted to smoking meth the night prior and marijuana that morning. He was booked into jail on DUI and possession charges along with the warrant.

RPS deputies canceled a high speed pursuit after just three minutes on Thursday, July 16 determining that it was unsafe. A few hours after the pursuit occurred, a deputy located the suspect vehicle, a 2001 Lexus, unoccupied and parked at a residence in Oakdale. Deputy Bavaro obtained a tow warrant for the vehicle and that was signed by a judge. Later, deputies returned to the Oakdale address, and located the Lexus parked in the driveway. A man came out of the residence and later admitted that he was the one driving the vehicle and fled from officers because he was drinking and did not have a valid driver’s license. He was taken into custody and booked into jail.