Drug bust nets 4 pounds of meth, cocaine and weapons

3 arrested after pursuit

Three people were arrested Thursday evening with four pounds of methamphetamine, officials said.

Narcotics investigators assigned to the Kern County Sheriff’s Office Major Violator Unit, Cal-MMET unit, and KNET unit concluded a lengthy investigation with the arrest of three people from Bakersfield.

In the evening hours of Thursday, investigators said they saw activity consistent with narcotics trafficking at a home in the 200 block of Whitlock Street in Bakersfield.

Officials said a vehicle was seen leaving the home and deputies stopped the vehicle near Fairfax Road and Eucalyptus Drive.

The vehicle, driven by 37-year-old Christina Padilla failed to yield and after a brief pursuit, was stopped, officials said.

Two additional occupants of the vehicle, 36-year-old Carlos Padilla and 33-year-old Alex Padilla did not comply with the orders and resisted arrest, deputies said. 

Deputies said they discovered Alex Padilla was attempting to conceal a large amount of methamphetamine under his shirt and a set of brass knuckles in his pocket.

Detectives were able to locate four pounds of methamphetamine in the vehicle.

Afterward, deputies returned to the residence on Whitlock Street and served a search warrant, where detectives found an additional four ounces of cocaine and evidence of drug sales.

Christina Padilla was arrested on charges of evading, possession of methamphetamine for sales, transportation of drugs, and conspiracy. Carlos and Alex Padilla were both arrested on charges of possession of methamphetamine for sales, transportation of drugs, conspiracy, and resisting arrest. All three were booked into the Kern County Jail.

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