Bakersfield recycling business owner arrested after failing to comply with local, state laws

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - An owner of a Bakersfield area recycling business was arrested yesterday after failing to meet several codes and procedures.

On June 26, Detectives from the Kern County Sheriff's Office Rural Crime Investigation Unit conducted an enforcement operation to ensure local recycling centers are complying with state and local laws regarding the recycling of non-ferrous metals. 

During the operation, several recycling centers were contacted and found to be in compliance.  Detectives went to Sameh Recycling located at 2121 East California Avenue in Bakersfield. 

Detectives found Sameh Recycling was not in compliance with state and local laws.  Sameh Wahba, the owner of Sameh Recycling, illegally recycled non-ferrous metals and did not comply with state and local law. 

Wahba was arrested for violation of Penal Code 496a(a), Penal Code 496a(b), Business and Professions Code 21608.5(a)(1), and several other Business and Professions Code violations. 

Wahba was taken and booked into the Central Receiving Facility. 

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