Modesto police and Stanislaus County sheriff's investigators served search warrants at two homes Friday afternoon in west and east Modesto and found $400 worth of rock cocaine, weight scales, packaging materials and $2,000 in cash.
The investigation stemmed from a resident's complaint of possible drug-selling and concluded after several days of surveillance, Modesto police said.
The Modesto police Narcotics Enforcement Team and the Street Crimes Unit, along with the sheriff's Special Team Investigating Narcotics and Gangs, served the search warrants simultaneously at 1:13 p.m. at 806 Sierra Drive and 2816 Sand Stone St., said officer Michael Amarillas, a police spokesman.
Investigators saw drug sales occurring at the Sierra Drive home and identified Everett Barnes, 29, of Modesto, as a suspect, Amarillas said.
The investigators found the drugs, the cash and the other materials at the Sierra Drive home. Amarillas said Barnes lives at the Sand Stone Street home, just northwest of the intersection of Roselle and Merle avenues. But he was using the Sierra Drive home, just south of Paradise Avenue, for drug sales.
Before the raid Friday, Barnes was arrested after a traffic stop and a chase.
Amarillas said Modesto police patrol officers attempted to make a traffic stop to arrest Barnes in connection with the drug investigation.
He said the officers turned on their emergency lights and sirens near Briggsmore Avenue and Prescott Road, but Barnes didn't stop, drove through the Food Max store parking lot, made his way to Evergreen Avenue and turned north on Ran-dazzo Avenue.
He said Barnes reached a dead end on Randazzo, stopped the vehicle, ran away and jumped over a fence into a home's back yard.
Barnes tossed a stolen handgun and two ammunition magazines as he ran, according to officers. Barnes attempted to jump a second fence to escape onto Briggsmore Avenue, but officers caught up and took him into custody.
Police arrested Barnes on suspicion of maintaining a drug house, possession of drugs for sales within 1,000 feet of a school, possession of rock cocaine for sale, possession of a firearm in a vehicle, being a felon in possession of a firearm, possession of a firearm with narcotics, possession of stolen property, fleeing from an officer in a vehicle, resisting an officer and driving with a suspended license.
Bee staff writer Rosalio Ahumada can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 578-2394.