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California man, woman charged with drug sales

A man and woman from California have been detained on suspicion of buying and selling drugs. The individuals were detained following an investigation by an officer at the Wasco Substation.

In June 2019, the Wasco officer began looking into sales of methamphetamine in the area. The investigation led officers to the name of a 34-year-old female suspect. A search warrant for the woman's vehicle and home were obtained based on probable cause, and the woman was pulled over in July after officers spotted her vehicle. Officers allegedly found drug paraphernalia and 1.3 grams of methamphetamine during the car search. They detained the woman and then went to her home.

At the woman's home, officers claim to have found 17 firearms, ammunition, 10 pounds of marijuana, 4 grams of methamphetamine, butane honey oil, supplies to make the honey oil and 74 prescription pills. The police also arrested a 40-year-old man who was residing in the home. The woman was charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, maintaining a residence for drug sales and resisting arrest. The man was charged with possession of methamphetamine, maintaining a residence for drug sales, possession of drug paraphernalia and manufacturing a controlled substance. Both were booked into Kern County Sheriff's Office Central Receiving Facility.

Drug offenses can potentially carry serious consequences in the state of California. Though possessing drugs in the state is only a misdemeanor offense, selling drugs is a felony and is punishable by up to $20,000 in fines and four years in prison. Because of the stiff consequences, it's important that those who are accused of a crime aren't denied any rights. In this case, a lawyer may be able to look over the warrant that was obtained for the search and seizure. If there wasn't enough probable cause, the warrant may be invalid, and the subsequent drugs found in the search might be inadmissible in court.

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