Meth valued at well over $10,000 found when burglary arrest leads to search warrant. Deputies also seize AR-15, Uzi machine pistol
Methamphetamine with a street value estimated at much more than $10,000 plus assault weapons, a grenade launcher and cash were seized and a Taft man was arrested on multiple felony counts Monday afternoon.
Joe Brian Barraza, 26, was booked at the Taft Jail on charges on residential burglary, possession methamphetamine for sale, possession of assault weapon, felon in possession firearm, felon in possession of ammunition, possession high capacity magazine, conspiracy, and possession of paraphernalia.
Kern County Sheriff's Sgt. Martin Downs said deputies found about 100 grams of methamphetamine, seven firearms, high capacity magazines and thousands of rounds of ammunition when they searched Barraza's home at 406 Hillard St. about 4:30 p.m.
Some of the meth was packaged for sale. Two larger plastic bags contained pure crystal meth.
The weapons were all linked to Barraza, who is a convicted felon, Downs said.
Deputies also found and seized $2,300 in cash.
The guns found at the Hillard Street home included an AK-47 rifle, Bushmaster AR-15 rifle equipped with an M-203 grenade launcher, and Uzi machine pistol.
The search came after Barraza and Daniel Gilbert Valdez, 30, were arrested committing a burglary at a home in the 300 block of E Street.
Valdez was charged with residential burglary, conspiracy, possession of stolen property and possession of methamphetamine.