Sheriff's office: 2 busted with 17 pounds of meth

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) The Kern County Sheriff's Office said Friday that it arrested two men in an undercover methamphetamine operation.

The investigation launched early this month, and 34-year-old Jorge Guevara, of Arvin, was subsequently identified as a drug-dealing suspect, the sheriff's office said.

An undercover detective was able to negotiate the purchase of multiple pounds of methamphetamine from Guevara, the department said.

A meeting was set up Wednesday afternoon in a south Bakersfield parking lot, off the 2600 block of Panama Lane, so the undercover detective could "buy" the drugs from Guevara, who was accompanied by 45-year-old Jerardo Villareal.

Both men were arrested during the sting operation, and officers found 17 pounds of packaged methamphetamine in the men's possession, the sheriff's office said.

A search warrant was served later at Guevara's home on the 1900 block of Flores Court in Arvin, and detectives found an additional pound of methamphetamine and evidence of narcotics sales, the department said.

The seized methamphetamine has an approximate street value of $817,200, according to the sheriff's office.