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Man arrested on narcotics charges

Madera County Sheriff's Department

Esmond Hedrington.


A pickup truck driving in the middle of the road in the residential neighborhood of Fairmead Monday night attracted the attention of a patrolling Madera County deputy sheriff and K9 officer, according the authorities.

Deputy Logan Majeski was near the intersection of Sinclair Drive and Elm Street about 11:30 p.m. when he saw the gray pickup truck driven by 73-year-old Esmond Hedrington of Chowchilla and pulled it over.

While speaking with the driver the deputy noticed a large metal spoon with white residue on the floor of the truck.

The K9 and drug dog Nacho alerted multiple times on the interior of the pickup truck and a physical search of the vehicle located approximately an ounce of a white substance believed to be of methamphetamine. Various drug paraphernalia, including a pipe and a digital scale were also found in the vehicle.

Hedrington was taken into custody and arrested, and charged with felony possession of narcotics for sale, and transport of a controlled substance. Hedrington was transported and booked at Madera County Department of Corrections without incident.

Records show a previous arrest for Hedrington in 2014 on charges of assault with a deadly weapon.


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