Menlo Park police arrested three men this week in two separate incidents on charges of possessing narcotics for sale in Menlo Park and East Palo Alto. A fourth person was arrested on charges of possession of narcotics paraphernalia.
The Menlo Park arrests were made Feb. 2 after officers of the police department's Narcotics Enforcement Team, responding to complaints of drug dealing in the 1200 block of Windermere Avenue in Belle Haven, found four men standing next to a parked car containing over a pound and a half of marijuana. The drug's street value was about $6,000, according to Sgt. Eric Cowans of the Menlo Park Police Department.
Manuare Hernandez, 26, was arrested on charges of possession and transportation of marijuana for sale, and Israel Mora, 35, was arrested for possession of narcotic paraphernalia, Sgt. Cowans said in a statement. The two Menlo Park residents were booked into San Mateo County jail.
On Feb. 1, Jeffery Hamilton, 24, from San Leandro, was arrested in the 1100 block of O'Connor Street in East Palo Alto on charges of possession and transportation of cocaine base for sale and resisting arrest, police said.
Officers of the Narcotics Enforcement Team had been patrolling the area when they attempted to make contact with Hamilton. Police said Hamilton fled, leading officers on a chase through several backyards in the neighborhood before being caught. He was booked into San Mateo County jail.
Following up on the arrest, police returned to the same location on Feb. 2 and arrested Gary Gates, 49, from East Palo Alto on charges of probation violation and possession of cocaine base for sale, police said.