Contact 17 News: Local business to shut down following raid

A Bakersfield man says he's having to shut down his business, following a raid by the Kern County Sheriff's Department last month. David Zachary says deputies seized some of his property saying it was stolen and said he was running an illegal business. The Sheriff's Department is remaining tight-lipped about the case, saying the investigation is ongoing.

A Bakersfield man says he's having to shut down his business, following a raid by the Kern County Sheriff's Department last month.

David Zachary says deputies seized some of his property saying it was stolen and said he was running an illegal business.

The sheriff's department is remaining tight-lipped about the case, saying the investigation is ongoing.

Zachary was arrested last month but hasn't been charged with a crime. However, on Wednesday, he told 17 News he wants to be charged so he can make his point in court that he is innocent.

"We're proud of what we've done and to get it taken away by something like this, it's devastating," said David Zachary, owner, SCS Logistics.

SCS Logistics is located in east Bakersfield and distributes different materials to local companies.

Zachary says the raid by sheriff's deputies ran his company to the ground.

"They came in saying we're running an illegal business without a business license which was incorrect. They wouldn't let me prove myself on the spot when I said -- let me show you my business license, let me show you my certificate or whatever else you want to see," said Zachary.

Zachary was arrested for possession of stolen property and possession of a controlled substance along with drug paraphernalia.

He says deputies told him two grams of meth was found in a travel trailer. But, Zachary says he has no clue how it got there.

"I've been dropped by a few customers because of the question about what is our integrity like, are we really these people or are we somebody else," continued Zachary.

During the raid, Zachary says deputies seized several computers, tools, checks and a forklift.

He says they told him the forklift had been stolen along with several tools.

But Zachary says that's not the case and provided 17 News with receipts he says show that he purchased the forklift last year.

"It just took us over the edge to where we have to close our doors," he said.

Zachary says he hopes he's charged so he can prove in court he did nothing wrong and that he was operating his company legally.

He says a month after he posted bail, it was exonerated.

The sheriff's department and the district attorney's office said Wednesday they were not able to comment because this case is still being reviewed.

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