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Vacaville police drug enforcement and crime suppression teams, with Vallejo police officers, served separate search warrants to two Vallejo residents, which led to their arrests on a number of drug charges Friday, Vacaville police said. Vacaville police arrested Kristen Melgarejo, 30, of Vallejo, without incident during a traffic stop near her home, police said. During their search of Melgarejo’s car, police found two ounces of suspected methamphetamine and $17,000 in cash, according to police. The street value of the drug is about $1,200 an ounce, police said. The crime suppression team attempted to make a traffic stop of 33-year-old Vallejo resident Lino Jimenez, but the suspect led the officers on a vehicle pursuit onto westbound Interstate Highway 80, police said.
Jimenez, driving with his 5-year-old daughter in the car, tossed suspected methamphetamine out of the window, according to police. After getting rid of the evidence, some of which was later found on the freeway by police, Jimenez stopped his vehicle near the Potrero Avenue off-ramp in El Cerrito, police said. Police believe Jimenez exposed his daughter to the drug prior to tossing it, according to police. Police said they also found additional evidence of drug sales after serving each search warrant. Melgarejo was booked into Solano County Jail and charged felony counts of possession of a controlled substance for sale and transportation of a controlled substance, according to the Solano County Jail booking log.
Jimenez was booked into Solano County Jail and charged with felony counts of child cruelty, transportation of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance for sale, and misdemeanor counts of evading a peace officer and destruction of evidence, according to the jail’s booking log. Melgarejo is being held at the jail in lieu of $30,000 bail and Jimenez is being held at the jail in lieu of $66,333 bail, according to the jail.
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