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DOCS: Man arrested after 9 pounds of meth found in his storage unit

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Posted at 4:29 PM, Apr 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-18 20:16:49-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — A man was arrested on Saturday, April 13, after approximately 9 pounds of meth, firearms and ammunition were found in his storage unit.

According to court documents, detectives searched a storage unit at Derrel's Mini Storage in Southwest Bakersfield and located meth, a loaded .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun, 12 gauge shotgun, .22 caliber rifle, two operable scales, several pieces of packaging material, an electronic money counter, several live rounds of ammunition and evidence linking Steven Castillo to the items.

Castillo was located in South Bakersfield and following a search of his vehicle, detectives found an additional 236 grams of meth and $3,220.

Documents show that Castillo admitted to having knowledge and possessing the large amount of meth and firearms. A records check showed that he is a prior convicted felon which prohibits him from possessing any firearms or ammunition.

According to documents, he explained to officials that he is currently unemployed and his only source of income is from the sales of meth.

Castillo possessed an estimated street value of more than $81,000 in meth, according to officials.

He was arrested for possession of a controlled substance for sales, transportation of a controlled substance, keep place to furnish and sell narcotics, felon in possession of ammunition and felon in possession of a firearm.

23ABC reached out to Derrel's Mini Storage for comment. The storage company said that they are aware of the search that took place.