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Drugs found in child’s toy

POSTED June 5, 2012 9:01 p.m.

A woman under house arrest as part of the California prison realignment was found in possession of methamphetamine that she tried to conceal in a stuffed teddy bear, the Merced County Sheriff’s Department reported.

Sheriff’s deputies were performing a compliance check at the residence of Sandra Oseguera, 28, in the 5000 block of East Highway 140 near Merced.

Deputy Brankel Nobari and his K9 partner Rally, a 2-year-old black Labrador retriever, were conducting a check of the residence when Rally “alerted” to the scent of narcotics coming from a teddy bear in Oseguera’s bedroom, said sheriff spokesman Deputy Tom MacKenzie.

The bear, which belonged to Oseguera’s 2-year-old son, was sitting on her bed. Inside the bear, Deputy Nobari found a gram of methamphetamine, a small scale and a “snorting” straw used to inhale meth, MacKenzie said.

Oseguera was taken into custody on fresh charges of possession of methamphetamine and remains without bail as her original terms were reinstated. Oseguera was originally arrested for possession and possession for sale of methamphetamine before becoming eligible for the realignment program.

The child was not at the home at the time of the arrest.

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