6 arrested after traffic stop on drug, weapon charges

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Kern County Sheriff's Deputies and a state narcotics team arrested six people in connection to meth sales.

A Sheriff’s deputy stopped the vehicle belonging to Clement Rhoses, 28, at the intersection of South H Street and LaFrance Drive Thursday.

The deputy spoke to Rhodes and determined he was on the Electronic Monitoring Program and subject to search. The deputy detained Rhodes, searched the vehicle and located approximately 11.9 grams of methamphetamine, a loaded firearm, an unloaded firearm and approximately $900, officials said.

A narcotics call out was initiated and investigators responded to assist in the investigation. Rhodes provided investigators with a motel address in which he resided in the 300 Block of Golden State Avenue. Investigators from CalMMET transported Rhodes to the motel to conduct a further investigation, officials said.

Investigators spoke with Laura Bustamonte, 34, and Juan Zazueta, 40. Bustamonte was arrested for two outstanding warrants and Zazueta was arrested for possession of methamphetamine and possession of paraphernalia, officials said. 

During the investigation, Jose Velez, Jose Lopez, and Luis Montenegro arrived at the motel.

When CalMMET investigators attempted to speak with Velez, Lopez, and Montenegro, they ran.

Montenegro was quickly taken into custody, Lopez was taken into custody after a brief foot pursuit and Velez was located moments later approximately one block away, officials said.

Montenegro was in possession of about 8 grams of methamphetamine. Montenegro was arrested on charges of sales of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, contributing in a criminal street gang and resisting/obstructing a police officer.

Lopez was found in possession of paraphernalia and was arrested on charges of possession of paraphernalia and resisting/obstructing a police officer.

Velez provided a false name and was arrested for on charges of providing false information to a peace officer. All of the subjects were booked into the Central Receiving Facility.

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