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Detention deputy arrested at Lerdo Jail with meth

Arrest (FILE)
Posted at 11:40 AM, Jun 01, 2022
and last updated 2022-06-01 20:10:16-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KERO) — The Kern County Sherriff’s Office announced Wednesday that a detentions deputy was arrested on drug charges while at the jail.

KCSO says 42-year-old Elizabeth Fernandez was found with methamphetamine at the Lerdo Jail Complex and was under the influence of the drug as well.

“You think you know employees. You think you know people, but obviously, there was a side to this employee that others didn’t know or didn’t say, we don’t know," said Kern County Sherriff Donny Youngblood. "It’s beyond me – someone with a 20-year record in law enforcement decides that using methamphetamine is a good idea.”

Sherriff Youngblood says the employee is on administrative leave. She worked with the county for 21 years and as a detention deputy for 16 years.

This investigation is ongoing and anyone with information can provide it via telephone at (661) 861-3110 or the Secret Witness number at (661) 322-4040.