Traffic stop leads to arrest, and search leads to discovery of more than1 ounce of meth plus heroin, deputies say

A Taft woman was arrested on drug trafficking charges Sunday after she was caught with more than an ounce of methamphetamine and a small amount of heroin in her bra, according to the Kern County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies made a traffic enforcement stop on a car driven by Charlotte Ridenour, 48, at about 7 p.m. Sunday at Naylor and Oak in South Taft.

Sgt. Martin Downs said Ridenour's car had expired registration.

A check revealed she was driving on a suspended license, the sergeant said, and she was arrested.
Downs said Ridenour was searched by a female deputy, who found two meth pipes, two plastic bags containing about 35 grams of a white powdery substance believed to be meth and a third bag containing about 1 gram of suspected tar heroin.

Ridenour was booked on charges of possession for sale of a controlled substance, two counts of possession of a controlled substance, transportation of a controlled substance, expired registration and driving on a suspended license.