BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Kern County sheriff deputies said they found nine pounds of methamphetamine hidden in fire extinguishers.
At about 12 p.m. Tuesday, deputies assigned to the Kern County Sheriff’s Office Major Violators Unit concluded a narcotics investigation at the Travelodge Motel located 1011 Oak Street in Bakersfield.
As Deputies were attempting to make entry into a suspect’s motel room, officials said Luis Perez-Salinas, 32, ran out the back door, carrying a large bag containing clothing and three fire extinguishers.
Officials said Perez-Salinas was arrested by deputies who were waiting outside on that side of the room.
Perez-Salinas, from Guadalajara, Mexico, was booked into the Kern County Jail on charges of possession for sales of methamphetamine.
Deputies said they noticed that the fire extinguishers had been altered.
The writing on the label was in Spanish and indicated they were from Tijuana.
The gauges on the extinguishers showed they were fully charged.
In reality, they were not charged and each of them was stuffed almost completely full with Methamphetamine, officials said.
The extinguishers were brought to the Kern County Fire Department where they were cut open.
Each extinguisher contained a bag with approximately three pounds of methamphetamine, deputies said.
The Major Violators Unit was assisted in the case by Deputies and Officers from Cal-MMET, HIDTA, and KNET.