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Two men and a woman are behind bars and three children have been placed with Child Welfare Services after a traffic stop led police to the discovery of more than an ounce and a half of methamphetamine Saturday afternoon, the Porterville Police Department reported.

At about 5:15 p.m., officers stopped a vehicle driven by Erik Herrera, 32, of Porterville in the 700 block of North Main Street. Herrera and his passenger, Anselmo Solorio, 35, also of Porterville, fled the stop on foot but were apprehended.

Methamphetamine packaged for sales were located in Herrera’s vehicle, the PPD said, as well as a loaded firearm discarded by the suspects as they ran.

Solorio resisted arrest by fighting and was apprehended using a K-9, and Herrera injured his ankle while fleeing. Both men were taken to a local hospital for treatment before being booked.

As part of their investigation, police contacted Alondra Ochoa, 28, of Hanford at Herrera’s resident. Three children, ages 1 to 9, were also discovered there, as was additional methamphetamine in an area accessible to the children, police said.

All three adults were arrested on various charges, including possession, sales and transportation of a controlled substance, resisting arrest, and child endangerment, and booked at the Tulare County Jail. The children were turned over to CWS.

A total of 46 grams of methamphetamine were seized.




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