Police display confiscated drugs
BAKERSFIELD — Two men are behind bars after police busted up their illegal drug operation in Bakersfield on Wednesday afternoon.
Jason Mendoza (28) and Nathan Sanchez (26), both of Bakersfield, were booked into the Kern County Jail for charges of conspiracy, possession of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance for sale and transportation of a controlled substance.
Mendoza, who was also booked on two active warrants and is being held on $255,000 bail, while Sanchez made bail. According to the Kern County Sheriff’s Department, the men were taken into custody at around 1 p.m. on March 1.
“The suspects were arrested in the 2900 block of Panama Lane after officers with the California Multi-Jurisdictional Methamphetamine Enforcement Team, with the assistance of the Sheriff’s Office Gang Unit, HIDTA Unit, and agents from Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms concluded an investigation into suspected methamphetamine and firearm sales in the Bakersfield area,” said Public Information Officer Ray Pruitt.
Officers said that when the two men were taken into custody, they were in possession of three pounds of suspected methamphetamine, as well as two pounds of processed marijuana.
According to the Kern County Superior Court, Mendoza pled nolo contendre to one count of manufacturing a controlled substance and one count of marijuana cultivation in June of 2015.
He served 108 days in jail, and was given three years of probation.