Parolee arrested on drug suspicion

David Saldana, 34 of Gilroy.

Police arrested parolee-at-large David Saldana, 34 of Gilroy,
after attempting to ram in the door of his residence, which he had
blocked with a two-by-four, police said.
Police arrested parolee-at-large David Saldana, 34 of Gilroy, after attempting to ram in the door of his residence, which he had blocked with a two-by-four, police said.

Morgan Hill police, acting on unspecified evidence, went to a home on Barrett Avenue near Butterfield Boulevard to contact Saldana on Thursday night. No one answered the door at first, but officers surrounding the property saw him open an upstairs window, according to Morgan Hill police Sgt. Jerry Neumayer.

Officers yelled at Saldana to open the door, but he closed the window and walked away, police said. After knocking on the door and announcing their presence several times, police attempted to force entry into the residence by using a battering ram.

The door was blocked on the inside with a two-by-four, Neumayer said, and after police rammed the door about six times, Saldana gave up and opened it. He was taken into custody and booked on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance, and prior charges.

Police previously attempted to arrest Saldana March 5, at a residenct on the 600 block of Barrett Avenue. Saldana was not at home that time, but police searched the unoccupied residence and found about 58 grams of marijuana and more than seven ounces of alleged methamphetamine, police said.

Also arrested Thursday was Connie Ledesma, 38 of Morgan Hill, a friend of Saldana’s and the renter at the residence where police caught up to him.

Ledesma was booked on suspicion of harboring a known fugitive and possession of a controlled substance, Neumayer said.

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