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Delhi man facing narcotic charges
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A Delhi man with a history of running from law enforcement was arrested Wednesday for possession of methamphetamine, according to the Merced County Sheriff’s Department.
Michael Thompson, 49, was booked into Merced County Jail on one count of possession of methamphetamine and for outstanding warrants, said sheriff spokesman Deputy Tom MacKenzie.
Merced County Detective Brandon Thomas was in the 16000 block of Schendel Avenue helping with a separate investigation around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday. Thomas said he recognized one of the homes from previous calls and when he checked, he found that the man living there, Thompson, had an outstanding warrant for his arrest.
The investigators moved towards the house to take Thompson into custody.
“Detective Thomas went to the rear knowing that Thompson had a history of running from law enforcement and found him hiding in the back with a friend near a trailer,” MacKenzie said.
Thomas ordered the man to come out from behind the trailer, stating that he had a warrant for his arrest. Thompson began cussing at him and refused to come out, MacKenzie said. When Thomas pointed his Taser at Thompson, he complied with the investigator, but not before taking out a cigarette pack and handing it to his friend.
Thompson’s friend took the pack and put it on the ground like he didn’t want to touch it at all in plain sight of the detective, MacKenzie said.
After Thompson was taken into custody, Thomas checked and found two bindles of methamphetamine in the cigarette packet.
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