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Recent probation searches result in seizure of over 27 firearms and narcotics

Posted at 4:01 PM, Sep 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-21 19:01:29-04

Over the past week, officers with the Kern County Sheriff’s Office Cal-MMET Unit assisted by the Kern County Probation Department conducted probation searches at two unrelated locations.

In those searches, officers located 27 illegally possessed firearms, narcotics, items indicative of narcotics sales, narcotics paraphernalia and US Currency.

At the first location, officers conducted a probation search on Jennifer Street, south of Norris Road in North Bakersfield. During that search, officers located 24 illegally possessed firearms. These firearms included rifles, handguns, and shotguns. They also located hundreds of rounds of ammunition and narcotics paraphernalia. 

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Arrested at the residence was 53-year-old Bakersfield resident Daniel Picco. Upon completing a follow-up investigation, several of the firearms were found to have been reported stolen in reports made to the Bakersfield Police Department. Picco has convictions preventing him from possessing firearms or ammunition. Picco was booked into the Central Receiving facility Jail for being a Felon in Possession of Ammunition, Possession of Firearms by a Felon, Receiving Stolen Property and Grand Theft of Firearms.

In the second case, officers conducted a probation search of a subject on Jones Street, south of Stockdale Highway in Central Bakersfield. During that search officers located three firearms, which included a UZI style semi-automatic pistol, an AK 47 rifle, and a handgun. Additionally located in the residence was just under a quarter of a pound of Cocaine, items indicative of narcotics sales, ammunition, and US Currency. One firearm was found to have been reported stolen.

Arrested at the location was 37-year-old Bakersfield resident Terry Bowen. Bowen was booked into the Central Receiving Facility Jail for Manufacturing an Assault Rifle, Possession of a Controlled Substance for Sales, Possession of Ammunition by a Prohibited Person, Possession of a firearm by a Felon, and Receiving Stolen Property.