Narcotics and Firearms Seized in Drug Trafficking Investigation in Kern County
Above: Evidence collected during search on Big Horn Court
(Photo courtesy of KCSO)
Originally published by the Kern County Sheriff’s Office:
On November 3, 2023, the Kern County Sheriff’s Office, Kern County High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force (KC-HIDTA) concluded a lengthy narcotics investigation with the execution of a search warrant at a residence in the 1100 block of Big Horn Court, Bakersfield. The investigation resulted in the arrest of two (2) adults and the seizure of large quantities of narcotics, firearms, and U.S currency derived from narcotics sales.
During the investigation, Albert Salazar (age 30) and Sarrah Hernandez (age 41) both of Bakersfield were found to be maintaining the residence for the purpose of drug sales. A search of the residence revealed approximately 13.5 pounds of methamphetamine, 13 kilograms of cocaine, over 5 pounds of powder fentanyl, over 2000 (M-30) laced fentanyl pills, approximately 3 pounds of heroin, several pounds of marijuana, additional evidence of narcotics sales, 13 handguns, two (2) of which were reported stolen out of Riverside and Orange County.
Due to the dangerous drugs, the locations in which they were found throughout the residence, the insect infestation, and the overall unsafe condition of the residence, the six (6) juvenile children found living in the residence were taken into protective custody by the Kern County Child Protective Services.
Agents from the DEA-Bakersfield office and officers from Kern County Probation Department assisted the KC-HIDTA Task Force in the investigation.
Albert Salazar and Sarrah Hernandez were booked into the Kern County Sheriff’s Office, Lerdo Justice Facility for the following charges: child endangerment, possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of sales, maintaining a residence for drug sales, possession of a controlled substance while being armed with a loaded firearm, possession of firearm and ammunition by a prohibited person, receiving stolen property and conspiracy to commit a crime.