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Man busted with 70 pounds of Methamphetamine

Posted at 1:25 PM, May 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-24 16:30:10-04

Detectives arrested a man Wednesday who they said had about 70 pounds of methamphetamine stored in his vehicle.

Detectives from the Kern County Sheriff’s Office Southern Tri-County High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (STC-HIDTA) along with assistance from the Gang Unit and California Highway Patrol arrested Jesus Ivan Lara, 29 on drug trafficking charges.  

Lara was stopped by the CHP and was found to be in possession of approximately 70 pounds of crystal methamphetamine, according to detectives.  

Detectives executed a search warrant at his residence located in the 700 block of Cinder Cone Avenue in Bakersfield.   

During the search warrant, detectives said they found additional pounds of crystal methamphetamine, over $17,000 suspected drug proceeds, and two firearms.  

The estimated value of the narcotics seized is valued at $300,000, detectives said. 

Lara was booked into the Central Receiving Facility on charges of transportation of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance for sales, maintain a residence for sales, possession of a controlled substance while armed.

Bail is set at $1,000,000