Suspect in 16-year-old’s Disappearance Arrested in Utah, Awaiting Extradition
A suspect in the disappearance and alleged murder of a teenager in Sanger earlier this year was arrested on other charges in Utah and now faces extradition to Fresno County.
Authorities in Severe County, Utah arrested 21-year-old Ernie Chanmany during a drug bust on Oct. 6. Chanmany was initially pulled over for improper signaling, but then Utah investigators found more than 100 pounds of marijuana in his car trunk. They say he was transporting the pot from California to Northern Colorado.
Chanmany is scheduled to be extradited next week on suspicion of murder, attempted murder and weapons charges in connection to the disappearance of 16-year-old Sammy Mercado of Sanger.
On April 12, Mercado and some of his friends were trying to steal marijuana from an illegal grow site near Sanger when two men began chasing them. One of the men began shooting at the boys. While his two friends escaped, Mercado was left behind and has not been seen since and no body has been discovered.
A week later, two trucks that had been seen by witnesses at the grow site when Mercado disappeared were discovered in an orchard. The trucks ultimately led the sheriff’s department to naming Chanmany as a suspect in the case.
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