Suspect caught in late-night visit from deputies
A late-night probation search caught a Taft man off guard and resulted in his arrested and the seizure of approximately $1,000 worth of methamphetamine last week, the Kern County Sheriff's Office reported.
Deputies went to an an apartment at 1210 North Fourth St. at about 10:30 p.m. to conduct a probation search of a man identified as Russell Barry Jones II, 33.
Sgt. Martin Downs said deputies were approaching when Jones saw them coming and closed and locked a security screen door.
The sergeant said the deputies saw the suspect drop a syringe, and then toss a plastic baggie behind a television console.
Jones at first refused to let the deputies enter, but later relented, Downs said.
Deputies search the apartment and found the bag tossed behind the console and recovered approximately 10 grams of suspected methamphetamine, Downs said.
They found the syringe and several others, also.
Jones was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance for sale, obstruct officers, destruction of evidence and possession of paraphernalia.