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Two people arrested in Wasco on meth and child endangerment charges after traffic stop

Posted at 3:04 PM, Aug 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-12 18:57:32-04

WASCO, Calif. — A traffic stop in Wasco led to two people being arrested for possession of methamphetamine and child endangerment.

According to the Kern County Sheriff's Department, deputies stopped a driver identified as 36-year-old Juan Bello at Highway 46 and Maple Avenue in Wasco. A search of the vehicle led to the discovery of "2 pounds of suspected methamphetamine and evidence of drugs sales." Also in the vehicle was a passenger identified as 32-year-old Norma Najera.

Deputies then obtained a search warrant for Bello's and Najera's apartment in the 600 block of North Maple Avenue. In addition to 2 pounds of more suspected methamphetamine, authorities also found "one gram of suspected cocaine, 11 pounds of processed marijuana, evidence of narcotics sales, approximately $6,700, four handguns and a rifle."

Two children, both under the age of eight, were also found living in the apartment.

As a result, Bello was charged with a long list of offenses, including "possession of methamphetamine for sale, transportation of methamphetamine for sale, possession of a controlled substance, possession of an untraceable firearm, operation of a drug house, child endangerment." Najera was also charged with "possession of methamphetamine for sale and child endangerment."

Anyone with additional information regarding this investigation (2019-00129729) is requested to contact the Kern County Sheriff’s Office at (661) 861-3110 or Secret Witness at (661) 322-4040.