Kern County deputies seize about 18 pounds of meth during narcotics investigation

Two suspects arrested in investigation

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Two suspects were arrested and 18 pounds of meth were seized in a narcotics investigation, according to deputies.

In early June, the Kern County Sheriff’s Office Major Violators Unit began an investigation into the sales and trafficking of large quantities of meth in Kern County.

During the investigation detectives were able to identify a suspect, 34-year-old Jorge Guevara, of Arvin. As the investigation was ongoing an undercover detective was able to negotiate the purchase of multiple pounds of meth from Guevara.

On June 26, at about 12:30 p.m., the undercover detective met with Guevara and another suspect, 45-year-old Jerardo Villareal, in the parking lot of a business in the 2600 block of Panama Ln. in south Bakersfield.

As Guevara and Villareal tried to sell packaged meth to the undercover detective, officers assigned to an arrest team arrived on scene to take Guevara and Villareal into custody. Villareal attempted to flee on foot but was taken into custody after a short foot pursuit.

Officials said Guevara was taken into custody without incident.

After both suspects were arrested detectives found and seized 17 pounds of packaged meth. As a result of the arrests detectives obtained a search warrant for Guevara’s home in the 1900 block of Flores Court in Arvin.

Detectives served the search warrant later that day and seized an additional pound of meth, as well as additional evidence of narcotics sales.

The seized meth has an approximate street value of $817,200.

Guevara was arrested for possession of meth for sale, transportation of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, and conspiracy. Villareal was arrested for possession of meth for sale, transportation of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, conspiracy, and resisting arrest. Guevara and Villareal were both booked into the Sheriff’s Office Central Receiving Facility. Their bail has been set at $500,000.

The Major Violators Unit was assisted throughout the investigation by the Kern County Sheriff’s Office California Multi-Jurisdictional Methamphetamine Enforcement Team, the Kern Narcotics Enforcement Team, the Kern County Sheriff’s Office Gang Suppression Section, and the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force.

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