Narcotics, hunting knife found near kids play area in Northeast Bakersfield

3 suspected gang members arrested

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Three suspects were arrested in Northeast Bakersfield after deputies found methamphetamine, marijuana, and a large hunting knife at a house where several children were playing on Wednesday.

At about seven p.m. on Wednesday, deputies from the Gang Suppression Section went to a house in the 2700 block of Hollins Street to conduct a parole search on a gang member.

When officials arrived, they contacted 24-year-old Edward Chavez, 21-year-old Joshua Madrid, and 20-year-old Andrew Hernandez who were found sitting on chairs in the front yard smoking marijuana.

There was an inflatable jump house in the front yard with several children playing in and around it.

A search of the three suspected gang members at the house revealed they were in possession of a quantity methamphetamine consistent with sales of narcotics.  Deputies believe that all three suspects were involved in the sales of the drugs.

A search of the front yard was conducted and a large hunting knife was located near the jump house where the children were playing.

During the search of the residence, more narcotics were found.  Along with additional evidence that drugs were being sold.  Officials seized nine baggies of methamphetamine with a total weight of 5.7 and 8.9 grams of marijuana.

Chavez, Madrid and Hernandez were arrested for possession of narcotics, possession for sales of narcotics, child endangerment, conspiracy, and participation in a criminal street gang.  Madrid also faces charges for resisting arrest.

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