Pumpkin Center resident with 2 pounds of meth, $10K, 2 firearms arrested

Officials: Man was previous convicted felon


A man was arrested after officials said they found two pounds of meth and a lot of cash in his house during a search.

On Feb. 21, at about 6:00 a.m., the Kern County California Multi-jurisdictional Methamphetamine Enforcement Team said they served a drug-related search warrant at a home on Giminiani Lane, with the assistance of the Kern Narcotics Enforcement Team.

Narcotics detectives said they received tips that 64-year-old Pumpkin Center resident, Irvin Chappel, was involved in the sales of meth.

During a search of Chappel’s home, detectives said they found about two pounds of methamphetamine, over $10,000 in cash, and evidence of drug sales.

Officials said a 9mm Ruger handgun and a sawed-off shotgun were found, loaded in the living area of the home.  Both firearms were loaded and easily accessible, according to police. Officials said the handgun was reported stolen and the shotgun had the serial numbers filed off of it.

The meth has an estimated street value of over $90,000, according to officials.

Chappel, a previously convicted felon, was arrested and booked into the Kern County Jail on charges of possession of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance for sales, possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of ammunition by a felon and possession of stolen property.

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