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Search warrant yields drugs, arrests in Ripon

Police found marijuana, methamphetamine and a stolen gun while serving a search warrant in Ripon.
Police found marijuana, methamphetamine and a stolen gun while serving a search warrant in Ripon. Ripon Police Department

Police arrested two people and rescued an emaciated dog after serving a search warrant in the 1000 block of Goodwin Drive.

According to Ripon police Lt. Steve Merchant, officers with the department’s Special Investigations Unit served the warrant Friday. They found marijuana growing outside the home and in the basement, Merchant said. They also found a pit bull near the outside grow. Merchant said the dog was emaciated and malnourished.

Police found more than 200 marijuana plants, roughly 200 pounds of dried marijuana and 7 pounds of the processed and packaged drug, Merchant said. In addition, police said they found methamphetamine and a .22-caliber handgun that had been stolen in Southern California.

One man was at the home when police arrived; he tried to run away but was taken into custody in a nearby orchard. A second person was arrested nearby at a local business.

Miguel Angel Lopez, 42, of Ripon was booked into San Joaquin County Jail on charges of animal cruelty, possession of marijuana for sale, marijuana cultivation and possession of stolen property.

Apolinar Ramirez-Para, 43, of Santa Rosa was booked into jail on charges of possession of a controlled substance, possession of controlled-substance paraphernalia, possession of marijuana for sale, marijuana cultivation and possession of stolen property.

Merchant said the dog was taken to animal control, where it was being treated and fed.

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