Police arrested five gang members Sunday who allegedly possessed two guns, crack cocaine and crystal methamphetamine while driving through southwest Fresno with a 2-year-old boy.
Officers on patrol in the 800 block of East Lorena Avenue spotted a 19-year-old man who was on probation for a run offense after was arrested in June. Officers approached Dion Macklin’s vehicle and saw a large amount of cocaine and meth in the center console, as well as a digital scale and packaging material. The toddler was found seated in the back.
Police recovered a loaded .22 caliber revolver under the vehicle’s passenger seat and another loaded revolver behind the driver’s seat.
The father of the child, 20-year-old Deoutrie Dodson, was a passenger in the vehicle. He was arrested for child endangerment, police said.
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Four others, including three who were riding in the vehicle, were arrested and booked into Fresno County for various offenses. They were: Macklin, Patrick Ford, 18, Tahjee Bessard, 18, and Cinque Merriweather. 21. All belong to the same criminal gang, police said.
The child’s mother took custody of the boy following the arrests.