Six people arrested in illegal marijuana dispensary and casino bust in Southeast Bakersfield

Posted at 1:08 PM, Feb 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-14 16:09:14-05

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Six people were arrested Thursday night after the Bakersfield Police Department executed two search warrants simultaneously at a strip mall in Southeast Bakersfield.

The businesses, located at 2850 South Chester Avenue and 2860 South Chester Avenue, were found to be operating as an illegal gaming facility and as an illegal marijuana dispensary.

During the search, officers seized two large “fish” machines, six computers, 14 pounds of marijuana and THC products and over $3,400.

The following were arrested:
Himyar Mihtar, 35, was arrested for possession of marijuana for sale.
Stephanie Franco, 18, was arrested for possession of marijuana for sale.
Ahmed Alquafu, 20, was arrested for possession of marijuana for sale.
Pauline Corona, 54, was arrested on two outstanding felony warrants.
Arlean Hunter, 51, was arrested on an outstanding misdemeanor arrest warrant.

Another adult, 38-year-old Terrell Williams, was arrested on felony child endangerment after leaving a young child unattended in his vehicle, outside of the unlawful establishments, while he visited the illegal gaming facility.