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Argument ends with drug arrest

POSTED December 4, 2010 12:17 a.m.

A domestic squabble led to the arrest of a Winton man on narcotics related charges, according to the Merced County Sheriff’s Department.

Shortly before 9 p.m. Wednesday, the sheriff’s department was dispatched to the area of California and Myrtle avenues in Winton for a report of a domestic dispute in progress.

When Deputy Chris Sziraki arrived on scene he saw a female lying on the ground and a man standing over her, said sheriff spokesman Deputy Tom MacKenzie said.

The man, 41-year-old Joseph Avila of Winton was immediately detained. After searching Avila, a small scale and two small bundles of methamphetamine were found in his pocket, MacKenzie said.

According to the sheriff’s department, the couple was at Avila’s mother’s house when they started arguing. The woman, Crystal Crawford, 42, did not want to fight in front of his mother, so she left the house. Avila followed her outside and the argument ensued. According to Crawford, Avila followed her because she had been drinking and he did not want her to get hurt. Avila said he was trying to get her to stop because he knew she had warrants for her arrest and did not want her to get arrested and that the commotion would bring out the sheriff’s deputies.

Both parties said there was no physical violence only arguing and there were no signs of injury to either party, MacKenzie said.

Avila was placed under arrest for possession for sale of approximately half a gram of methamphetamine. Crawford was cited and released for her misdemeanor traffic warrant.

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