When Madera police served a search warrant at a home on the 100 block of East 12th Street this week, they expected to find and arrest a suspect of identity theft.
What they didn’t expect was to find four prominent gang members and four children — one as young as 3 — in a house with four stolen, loaded firearms out in the open along with methamphetamine packaged and ready to sell.
“It’s not just what weapons we found, the amount of dope, or how awful it is that kids were there,” said Detective Shant Sheklanian, the first officer to enter the house. “It’s that these are some major gang players.”
Officers from within Madera police, its Community Response Unit and the Madera County Gang Task Force combined to execute the warrant and the arrests Tuesday morning on the work of Detective Alicia Keiser, who was investigating one of the suspects, Tina Rivas, for fraud...