Deputies find 7.5 grams of meth in car

A late-night traffic stop in Taft led to the arrest of a man on drug trafficking charges after more than 7 grams of methamphetamine was found in a car, the Kern County Sheriff's office reported.

Two other people in the car were charged with drug offenses, too.

A patrolling deputy noticed a speeding vehicle with a loud exhaust and made a traffic stop in the area of Fourth and Ash Street.

After the vehicle pulled over,. Sgt. Marc Haiungs said, the driver, identified as Victor Alsept, exited the car but apparently didn't put the vehicle in park and it started rolling back towards the deputy;s car.
Alsept regained control of the car, and the deputy noticed he was showing signs of being under the influence of a controlled substance.

Deputies got the Alsept and two other people, identified as Michael Martin, 32, and Amy Swartz, 37, out of the car and found a glass smoking pipe and a package containing approximately 7.5 grams of methamphetamine, Haiungs said.

Further investigation led to Alsept being arrested and charged with possession a controlled substance, possession controlled substance for sale, transporting a controlled substance, possession of controlled substance paraphernalia plus a modified exhaust and expired registration.

Martin was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of controlled substance paraphernalia.

Both were booked into the Sheriff's central receiving facility in Bakersfield.

Martin was charged with being under the influence of controlled substance and was released on a citation.