Suspect was driving in fields behind home at 1 a.m. when deputy spots him. South Taft man charged in seperate case
A Kern County Sheriff's deputy on his way out of town to go off duty arrested a Valley Acres man on drug dealing charges early Wednesday.
Deputy Kevin Moretti was going through Valley Acres near Orange Avenue when he noticed the lights of a vehicle being driven slowly through the fields just out of town.
As he turned down Orange, the vehicle, a truck came out of the fields. Moretti followed it and initiated a traffic stop and pulled in front of a residence at 26051 Orange Avenue.
The deputy approached the vehicle after he saw the suspect acting suspiciously and trying to hide something behind the front seat.
The suspect, Philip Wilson, 27, had half a baggy with a small amount of marijuana in his lap.
Moretti said he found a meth pipe and a small jar containing seven individually wrapped packages of methamphetamine behind the seat.
Wilson was charged with possession of methamphetamine for sale, transportation of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia.
Moretti said Wilson told him he was driving around in the fields because he heard dogs barking.
A few days earlier, deputies arrested another man on drug charges in another traffic stop in South Taft.
Deputies booked Bryan Alan Davis, 24, on possession of methamphetamine charges after they noticed a small plastic bag protruding from the waistband of his pants.
that arrest took place on June 25.