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Probe into Turlock shooting leads to cache of narcotics
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Nicholas Cheary

An investigation into a shooting led to the arrest of a Turlock man and the seizure of cocaine, marijuana, and a large sum of cash on Wednesday.

The investigation by the Turlock Police Department led to the apprehension of Nicholas Cheary, 26, who was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, possession of marijuana and cocaine with the intent for sales, and possession of a firearm while being in possession of narcotics.

The investigation was sparked when the police department received a call from a resident who reported hearing possible gunshots in the 1700 block of N. Tully Road around 3:30 a.m. Wednesday.

The first officers to arrive at the scene found a man with a gunshot wound to his right arm, said Turlock Police spokesperson Officer Steve Rodrigues. The injury was considered non-life threatening and the victim was able to provide investigators with a description of the vehicle the shooter had been driving before being taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.

The Turlock Police Department, with assistance from the CSU Stanislaus Police Department, began searching the surrounding neighborhoods and a university officer located a vehicle matching the description provided by the victim.

The vehicle was being driven by Cheary and he was taken into custody for assault with a deadly weapon.

As part of the investigation a search warrant was obtained for Cheary’s vehicle and residence. During the service of the search warrant investigators found 200 grams of cocaine, 30 marijuana plants, four to five pounds of dried marijuana, and $16,000 in cash, Rodrigues said.

A motive for the shooting is unknown at this time.

Anyone who has any information regarding this incident or any other similar incidents is asked to contact Detective Brandon Bertram at 664-7323.