Taft Midway Driller - Taft, CA
  • Police arrest man on drug, weapon charges

  • Officers say he was trying to sell anti-anxiety pills
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  • 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.
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