DEA arrests four big time Bakersfield drug dealers

A Bakersfield sting operation led to the arrests of four people who DEA agents say are major drug dealers in Kern County. More than $100,000 cash was seized, authorities said.
A Bakersfield sting operation led to the arrests of four people who DEA agents say are major drug dealers in Kern County. More than $100,000 cash was seized, authorities said.

The Drug Enforcement Administration conducted its sting operation behind a Mexican restaurant on Truxtun Avenue and Westwind Drive Monday afternoon.

Four men were being held on state charges of attempting to buy marijuana and methamphetamines, said Steve Peterson of the Bakersfield DEA office Tuesday.

The identities of those arrested have not been released.

"The group has been under investigation for about three months," Peterson said.

The investigation began in Fresno, but agents soon learned the dealers were from Bakersfield, Peterson said.

DEA agents posed as drug suppliers and lured the suspects to the sting operation with 300 pounds of marijuana and 3 kilos of cocaine, he said.

"Three kilos of cocaine could be distributed to thousands of people within the Bakersfield area, so we were able to prevent that," said Peterson.

On Monday afternoon, employees in the office building across the way were glued to their windows, hidden by smoked glass, watching the sting go down in the parking lot next to them.

Diana Ortiz was one of them.

"Yeah there was just a lot of men with guns,'' she said. ''I got a little freaked out cause I didn't know what was going on.'' 

There were two stings during this operation.

The first happened around 2 o'clock in the afternoon. Witnesses say the agents had their guns trained on the suspects and ordered all three men to the ground. Investigators recovered airsoft guns painted to look real. Agents also found about $75,000 in cash.

The second sting was just after 4 o'clock. A woman in an SUV arrived to meet the DEA's informant. However, when she pulled into the lot, she circled around, and did not stop.

Agents swarmed around her SUV with their vehicles. Then, with guns drawn, the agents searched her car. Investigators say they found a loaded gun and about $30,000 in cash.

Monday night, the DEA served two search warrants at two convenience stores where one of the suspects worked.

But neither yielded what agents were looking for.

"We were looking for evidence of drug trafficking," said Peterson.

But with the arrests, agents say this is a big blow to local drug trafficking.

"We're committed to the safety and welfare of the community," said Peterson. "Anytime we could take people who are distributing and attempting to distribute pounds of drugs off the streets, I think that makes the community a little bit safer."


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