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Taft Midway Driller - Taft, CA
  • Taft man charged with mailing meth to South Dakota

  • He was indicted by federal grand jury after being arrested during sweep through Taft on Tuesday
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  • Details of the law enforcement sweep through Taft Tuesday morning are starting to emerge.
    The United States Department of Justice announced late Thursday that a Taft man arrested during the sweep was indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury on drug trafficking charges.
    David Edward Hampton Jr., 34, was charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, attempted distribution of methamphetamine and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and heroin, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner said. 
    According to court documents, Hampton is accused of conspiring with others to distribute pound quantities of methamphetamine which he secured in California for distribution in South Dakota.
    Hampton would regularly send methamphetamine to South Dakota through the mail.
    Hampton was arrested on Tuesday at his residence in Taft when federal agents and police executed a search warrant at the property.
    This case was the product of an investigation by the Violent Crime Task Force which includes the Bakersfield Police Department, the Kern County Sheriff’s Department, the Kern County Probation Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Brian K. Delaney is prosecuting the case.
    Taft Police aslo assisted as teams of officers served warrants at several sites in the area and made multiple arrests, FBI Spokeswoman Gina Swankie said
    If convicted, Hampton faces a maximum penalty of no less than 10  years up to life in prison and a $5 million fine.

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