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Traffic stop leads to arrest of suspect on drug, firearm related charges

Southwest Bakersfield Shooting BPD
Posted at 3:07 PM, Mar 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-19 18:07:50-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — On Thursday, at about 10:19 a.m. a BPD officer conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for speeding in the 3600 block of Chester Ave.

The driver of the vehicle, identified as Jesse Cortez, age 39, was found to be driving on a suspended license.

During a search of the vehicle, officers located a loaded handgun, a shotgun and 19 pounds of processed and packaged marijuana.

Cortez was arrested for several firearms violations, unlawful possession of marijuana for sales and driving with a suspended license.

He was booked into the Kern County jail.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to call BPD at (661) 327-7111.