SHAFTER, Calif. - A Shafter man faces 20 years in federal prison after agents busted him with 38 kg of cocaine.
Federal agents say Jimmy Gil was transferring the kilos from a semi trailer to a pickup truck when they arrested him.
Agents say they had followed the trailer from the border where they saw it come across from Mexico.
They followed it all the way to Bakersfield where the semi driver gave the truck off to Gil.
They say Gil then took the truck to a local trucking yard and began transferring kilos of cocaine from underneath the trailer into a nearby pickup truck.
Gil is in a federal detention facility in Fresno while he waits to be indicted by a federal grand jury.
But a federal magistrate in Bakersfield wants to release Gil for now.
Federal officials say they were surprised by the magistrate's move and they have now filed an appeal to his decision.
Gil will stay locked up until the appeal is heard. No date has been set for that hearing.
People 23ABC spoke to in Shafter, who say they know Gil, say they are surprised that he would be involved in something like this.
KCSO deputy criminally charged in 2014 crash
A Kern County Sheriff's deputy now faces a criminal charge in connection with a deadly crash in September 2014.
Farmers provide mid-summer update on the drought
In the middle of a severe drought, the farm workers in Kern County are getting hit hard.
New details in SpaceShipTwo crash
The National Transportation Safety Board shared details Tuesday on what led up to the deadly SpaceShipTwo crash in Mojave.
County proposes changes to oil/gas permits
Hundreds of people packed into the Board of Supervisors chambers Monday to hear more about the county's proposed change to a zoning…