More than $3,000 in meth seized, woman arrested, Merced police say

A 44-year-old woman was arrested Monday after police found more than $3,000 worth of suspected methamphetamine and tens of thousands of dollars in cash at her home, the Merced Police Department reported.

Emerita Marin-Perez was booked at Merced County Jail on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine for sale, Sgt. Brian Rodriguez said in a news release.

Police said she allowed officers to search her home after a 27-year-old woman was seen outside in what appeared to be a “hand-to-hand” drug transaction, police said in the statement.

The 27-year-old was released after she was questioned by police. Officers said the woman did not have any illegal substances when she was interviewed.

Officers seized 68 individually wrapped packets of suspected methamphetamine, ranging in weight from 0.21 grams to 0.33 grams. Police found 17.43 grams more in a baby food container in the kitchen, police said.

Rodriguez said police are not aware of any children living at the residence.

Police estimated the street value of the suspected drugs at $3,160. Officers also found about $23,199 in cash, along with two digital scales, which officers believe were used to weigh narcotics.

The investigation is ongoing, and anyone with information about the case is asked to contact the Police Department at (209) 385-4710 or the tip line at (209) 385-4725.