2 men arrested on drug charges

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -  

On Wednesday, deputies from the Kern Narcotics Enforcement Team, with assistance from the Sheriff’s Major Violators Unit conducted an investigation into the sales of Heroin in the Bakersfield area.  

At 1 p.m., a search warrant was served on a previously impounded vehicle.  

Deputies said they found three ounces of heroin, which was found in a hidden compartment of the vehicle, along with $700 in US Currency.

At 6 p.m., said they made a stop on the suspect’s vehicle in the area of Mount Vernon Avenue and Highway 58.  

A search was conducted with the assistance of a Sheriff’s K9 and the dog found three more ounces of heroin, in a similar hidden compartment found in the vehicle, deputies said.

Arrested, as a result of the investigation, was 28-year-old Bakersfield resident Raul Mata Ortiz.  

Ortiz was booked into the Kern County Jail on charges of possession of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance for sales, transportation of a controlled substance, conspiracy, false identification to a peace officer, and possession of false documents.  

Also arrested was 30-year-old Bakersfield resident Mario Martinez.  

Martinez was booked into the Kern County Jail on charges of possession of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance for sales, transportation of a controlled substance, and driving a vehicle without a license plate lamp.

The estimated street value of the seized narcotics is approximately $6,000.

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