Authorities: Child amid guns, pot in Modesto bust

local@modbee.comOctober 11, 2012 

— Drug agents and authorities with the Stanislaus County SWAT team converged on a home in the 1600 block of Dallas Street on Thursday morning, searching for marijuana and guns reported at the home.

They found a marijuana garden in the back yard, processed marijuana inside the home, and several assault weapons and a surveillance system set up in the house, Sheriff Adam Christianson said.

After clearing the home of its occupants, who included a 6-month-old girl, authorities searched the home. At one point, they set off gas inside, believing someone might be hiding in the attic.

Agents found processed marijuana in a box in the bedroom where the 6-month-old child slept with her parents, according to Sgt. Anthony Bejaran. They seized an SKS assault rifle with two high-capacity magazines, a shotgun and a .22-caliber rifle.

The home is in south Modesto, a couple of blocks away from Evelyn Hanshaw Middle School and Bret Harte Elementary School. School bus and public transportation temporarily was disrupted while agents completed the operation, the latest in a string of marijuana busts in recent weeks.

"Another illegal marijuana grow, weapons and other narcotics, criminal activity and once again young children in the middle of all of this," Christianson said. "... It's another drug-endangered child investigation, and it's unfortunate that we have children involved in this activity."

Agents arrested Rogelio Rosales, 21, and his girlfriend, 16-year-old Jessica Rosales, both of Modesto, on suspicion of cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sales and child endangerment. A third person, Juan Gabriel Correa, 30, of Modesto, was arrested on a Modesto Police Department warrant and over possession of methamphetamine.

Anyone with information about this investigation can leave an anonymous tip by calling Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636. Callers can e-mail tips at www.modestopolice.com/crimestoppers, or text them to CRIMES (274637) by typing "Tip704" plus the message and be eligible for a reward.

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