Two arrested on allegations of smuggling drugs into Lerdo Jail


    KCSO Lerdo Detention Facilities. (KBAK/KBFX photo)

    In January, a deputy at the Wasco City Substation began an investigation into the smuggling of marijuana, methamphetamine and heroin into the Kern County Sheriff’s Office Lerdo Detention Facility.

    The deputy identified two suspects – Noe Cantu, 39, of Wasco, and Jose Betancourt, 25, of Bakersfield. Both are documented members of the “Varriou Wasco Rifas” criminal street gang, according to KCSO.

    After finding probable cause, the deputy got arrest warrants for Cantu and Betancourt, on allegations of conspiracy to commit a crime, smuggling illegal narcotics into a detention facility, and participating in a criminal street gang.

    The deputy also got a search warrant on their individual residences in the 1000 block of 4th Street in Wasco and the 3500 block of M Street in Bakersfield.

    The search warrant was served Feb. 15. Cantu and Betancourt were both arrested and deputies found additional evidence to support the charges against the two.

    Anyone with additional information regarding this investigation is requested to contact the Kern County Sheriff’s Office at (661) 861-3110 or Secret Witness (661) 322-4040.

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