Officers say he was trying to sell anti-anxiety pills

Taft Police arrested a man on drug trafficking and weapons charges Tuesday after receiving reports he was offering to sell pills to people near an apartment complex.

Lt. Pete Aranda said officers received a call from the Creekside Apartments reporting a man was approaching people and offering to sell them pills.
Officers responded and contacted a man matching the description of the suspect Aranda identified as Christopher Aaron Bethurum, 25.

A search resulted in the discovery of a 4-inch dagger and six lorazepam pills, Aranda said.

Lorazepam is a prescription medecine used to treat anxiety commonly sold under the brand name Ativan.

Bethurum was placed under arrest for possession of a concealed dagger, possession of a controlled substance without a prescription and possession of a controlled substance for sale.

He is being held in the Kern County Sheriff's Lerdo male minimum facility.

He is scheduled to appear in court for a pretrial hearing on July 10 and a preliminary hearing on July 16.

Bail is set at $46,000.