BAKERSFIELD— Nine people were arrested during three separate drug raids last week in south Bakersfield.
Crystal Gutierrez, 26, Victor Candela, 35, Angel Arias, 32 ,Orlando Contreras, 50, Trisha Garcia, 48, Cynthia Nieto, 38, Andrew Perales, 48, Leah Vega, 22, and 22-year old Eduardo Rodriquez were all booked into the Kern County Jail on various narcotics related charges, or outstanding warrants.
According to the Kern County Sheriff’s Office, the first search took place on April 2, when officers from the California Multi-Jurisdictional Methamphetamine Task Force, with assistance of the Sheriff Office Major Violators Unit and the Kern Narcotics Enforcement Team served two narcotics related search warrants in the 800 block of 33rd Street in Bakersfield.
“These warrants were the result of a brief narcotics investigation, and were served at two neighboring apartment complexes,” said Sheriff’s Public Information Officer Ray Pruitt. “During their search of the first apartment narcotics, officers discovered items pinpointing narcotics sales and a loaded firearm.”
Gutierrez, Candela, and Arias were arrested from this location.
Inside the second apartment officer’s made contact with Contreras, Garcia, Nieto, Perales and Vega, where they said they also uncovered narcotics, items indicative of narcotics sales, and narcotics paraphernalia.
Finally, on April 3, an isolated search warrant was served in the 1900 Block of Avon Street in south Bakersfield, which was the result for an undercover sting that involved an undercover officer who purchased narcotics from Rodriquez.
During the execution of the warrant officers said they located a loaded firearm and approximately a half of a pound of suspected cocaine and items consistent with the sales of narcotics.
“Investigators were able to later determine that the firearm found in the suspects apartment was stolen,” Pruitt said.
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