MERCED, CA – The Merced Police Gang Violence Suppression Unit Officers made a traffic stop of Angel Zapien for failing to stop his bicycle at the stop sign at W. 18th and Martin Luther King Jr. Way. During the traffic stop, officers discovered that Zapien had an active misdemeanor warrant for being drunk in public and resisting a peace officer. Subsequent to arresting Zapien, officers searched Zapien and discovered him to be in possession of several bags of marijuana (273 grams) and a baggie of methamphetamine (1 gram). Subsequently, Zapien was released with a citation to appear in court on the warrant and drug violations.
Merced Police Department Investigations Division is asking citizens for any information about Zapien selling drugs or about him commiting other crimes. Citizens can call Detective Sergeant Curt Gorman at 209 385-4702 or the police department tip-line at 209 385-4725. Callers can remain anonymous.