Searches lead to arrests for suspected drug sales

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Two searches led to the arrest of several people suspected to be involved with drug sales, said Steve Battistoni with the Kern County Sheriff's Office.

Officers from the California Multi-Jurisdictional Methamphetamine Task Force, with assistance of the Sheriff Office Major Violators Unit and the Kern Narcotics Enforcement Team served two narcotics-related search warrants in the 800 block of 33rd Street Wednesday.

These warrants were the result of a narcotics investigation.  The warrants were served at two adjoining apartments. 

During the search of the first apartment narcotics, items indicative of narcotics sales and a loaded firearm were located.  Three subjects were arrested from this apartment; 26-year-old Crystal Gutierrez, 35-year-old Victor Candela, and 32-year-old Angel Arias year old were arrested for various narcotics related charges.

At the second apartment officer’s located narcotics, items indicative of narcotics sales, and narcotics paraphernalia. There were five adults arrested from this apartment which included 50-year-old Orlando Contreras, 48-year-old Trisha Garcia, 38-year-old Cynthia Nieto, 48-year-old Andrew Perales and 22-year-old Leah Vega.  These subjects were all charged with various narcotics related charges or had outstanding warrants.

On April 3, 2014, an unrelated search warrant was served in the 1900 Block of Avon Street in South Bakersfield. Officers from California Multi-Jurisdictional Methamphetamine Task Force with the assistance of the Tri County HIDTA Task Force executed the warrant after an undercover officer purchased narcotics from a subject.  In a subsequent search officers located a loaded firearm. During the service of the search warrant officers located just under a half of a pound of suspected cocaine and items consistent with the sales of narcotics.  22 year old Eduardo Rodriquez was arrested for several narcotics related charges.  Officers were able to determine later that the firearm located was stolen in an unrelated Bakersfield Police Department case.

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