On October 17th, 2018

CDFW Wardens Assist with Kern County Drug Bust

BAKERSFIELD- On October 15, 2018, investigators from the Kern County Sheriff’s Office Southern Tri-County High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (STC-HIDTA), with the assistance from Homeland Security Investigations, Drug Enforcement Agency, and California Fish and Wildlife, arrested several suspects allegedly involved in the distribution of methamphetamine.

Investigators seized:

  • more than 40 pounds of suspected methamphetamine,
  • approximately 1,000 counterfeit Oxycodone pills produced with Fentanyl,
  •  a quarter pound of cocaine,
  • two stolen semi-automatic handguns and
  • 5.56 armor piercing ammunition.

Luis Gerardo Arellano, 27, Jorge Luis Arellano, 31, and Oscar Prado, 23, were arrested for:

  • possession of a controlled substance for sales,
  • transportation of a controlled substance for sales,
  • possession,
  • transportation of a controlled narcotic for sales,
  • maintaining a place for the purpose of sales,
  • possession of a controlled substance while armed with a firearm,
  • possession of a stolen firearm and conspiracy.

Luis Antonio Barreto (23) was arrested for:

  • conspiracy,
  • possession and transportation of a controlled narcotic for sales.

The estimated street value of the narcotics seized is valued at $377,200.

“This is an example of the work that can be done when agencies combine their expertise,” said California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA) President Alan Barcelona.  “You look at the photo and feel relieved that these drugs, weapons and ammunition have been seized and are no longer in the community.”




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