In early July, California authorities arrested a man and a woman for allegedly dealing drugs in Wasco. The arrests were the result of a one-month investigation.
In June, a Wasco County Sheriff's Office deputy reportedly began investigating the source of methamphetamine sales taking place in the county. During the course of the investigation, he determined that a 34-year-old woman might be involved in the case and obtained a warrant to search her property. At approximately 10 p.m. on July 8, deputies pulled the woman over near the intersection of Jackson Avenue and Highway 43 and performed a search of her vehicle. The search allegedly yielded 1.3 grams of methamphetamine and various drug paraphernalia. Deputies then took the woman to her house, located on the 1000 block of Cypress Avenue, to continue their search. While inside the home, they allegedly uncovered 4 grams of methamphetamine, 10 pounds of marijuana, 74 prescription pills, 17 firearms and a significant amount of ammunition. They also found signs that drug sales were being conducted in the home.
The woman was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, maintaining a residence for the purposes of drug sales and resisting arrest. A 40-year-old man was also found in the house and brought into police custody. He is facing charges of possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, maintaining a residence for the purposes of drug sales, manufacturing a controlled substance and selling marijuana. Both defendants were brought to the Kern County Sheriff's Office Central Receiving Facility for processing.
Individuals convicted of drug possession and drug distribution can face harsh penalties, including lengthy prison terms and expensive fines. However, a criminal defense attorney could represent a defendant throughout all legal proceedings and try to get the charges dropped or reduced.