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Taft Midway Driller - Taft, CA
  • Bail set at $100,000 for drug, weapons arrest

  • Barraza faces numerous felony counts on meth trafficking, illegal weapons charges. Valdez being held on $15,000 bail
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  • Bail has been set for the two men arrested on drug, weapons and burglary charges Monday by Kern County Sheriff's deputies.
    Joe Brian Barraza and Daniel Valdez were still in custody Wednesday afternoon.
    They were scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday in Kern County Superior Court in Taft.
    The men were arrested Monday afternoon on burglary charges that led to a search of a home of the seizure of a large amount of illegal drugs and weapons, Kern County Sheriff's deputies said.
    Barraza, 26, faces the most charges.
    He is being held on $100,000 bail and is charged with both drug and weapons trafficking as well as stolen property charges.
    Barraza faces seven counts of possession of a firearm by a felon, one count of possession of ammunition by a felon, possession of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled for sale, four counts of trafficking in weapons with large capacity magazines, possession of stolen property, petty theft, keeping a place to sell controlled substance, being under the influence of a controlled substance and possession of controlled substance paraphernalia.
    Deputies said the weapons, including thee automatic weapons and a grenade launcher, as well as 100 grams of methamphetamine, were found at Barraza's home at 406 Hillard.
    Valdez, 30, is being held on $15,000 bail, according to court documents.
    He is charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of stolen property, petty theft, being under the influence of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance paraphernalia.
    Barraza and Valdez were arrested about 3:30 p.m. Monday in connection with a burglary in the 300 block of E Street.
    The investigation into that burglary led deputies to get a search warrant for Barraza's home where the weapons and drugs were found.
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