BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - On Friday, officers with the Kern County Sheriff’s Office Major Violator Unit concluded a two month long narcotics investigation with the assistance of the California Multi-Jurisdictional Methamphetamine Enforcement Team, The Gang Suppression Section-Investigations Team, the Kern Narcotics Enforcement Team, and the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force.
The narcotics units said they served a search warrant at a home in the 1300 block of McNew Court in Bakersfield just before noon.
Officers said they found 10 pounds of methamphetamine and a loaded .22 caliber semi-automatic handgun were seized.
Five suspects were arrested for various drug related charges and booked into the Kern County Sheriff’s Office Central Receiving Facility. The methamphetamine seized has a potential street value of about $454,000.
Bakersfield residents, Artemio Carrillo, 36, and his wife, Maria Carrillo-Cruz, 35, were arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance for sales, possession of a controlled substance, conspiracy, and for maintaining a residence for the purpose of drug sales.
Porterville resident, Gabriel Rodriguez, 34, was arrested on charges of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance for sales, conspiracy, armed with a firearm while in possession of drugs, and for being a felon in possession of ammunition.
Gonzalo Torres, 23, Porterville resident and Lorenzo Fernandez, 28, of McFarland were arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance for sales, conspiracy, and transportation of a controlled substance.