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* Monterey County four adults arrested for child endangerment

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Four adults suspected of possession of marijuana, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia and child endangerment were arrested in Monterey County early Saturday morning, according to the sheriff’s office.At about 1:20 a.m., deputies conducting a vehicle check at the Wild Horse General Store found meth and marijuana in the vehicle, which had been occupied by two adults and two young children, sheriff’s officials said.

Deputies determined that both adults, Maria Ortega Sanchez and Thomas Garcia Morales, were on probation and had suspended or revoked driver’s licenses. Sanchez and Morales were arrested and booked into Monterey County Jail. In an attempt to transfer the children to a responsible adult, the children’s father, Juan Tejada Valdez, was contacted at a home at the corner of Lockwood Jolon Road and Cross Road in Lockwood.

At the home, deputies encountered Valdez, three children and two other adults — Miguel Ortega and Gloria Jeanette Martinez. According to the sheriff’s office, Ortega had two felony warrants for his arrest and Martinez had a misdemeanor warrant. While searching the home, deputies also reportedly found a rifle with no markings that had apparently been modified to be a trap gun and glass meth pipes. Ortega and Martinez were also arrested and booked into Monterey County.Valdez, on probation with a search and seizure warrant, was not arrested, and deputies left the children in his custody.

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