Woman charged with possessing a pound of meth failed to show for trial

A Taft woman arrested a year ago and accused of possessing a pound of methamphetamine and several ounces of heroin failed to show up at her trial in Kern County Superior Court.

A no-bail warrant was issued Wednesday for Ashly Christine Mullen and she will be in this week's Taft's Most Wanted.

Mullen, 25, and a codefendant, Derek Simpson, 48, were arrested by Taft Police on July 17, 2017 after officers said a probation search at an apartment on the 300 block of Warren Street led to the discovery of about a pound of meth, 116 grams of heroin, several grams of Fentanyl and a quantity of pain medication in tablet form.

Mullen was scheduled to go on trial Wednesday and she faces two felony counts of possession of a controlled substance for sale and misdemeanor counts of possession of a controlled substance without a prescription and possession of controlled substance paraphernalia

Simpson took a plea deal and was sentenced to five days time served, placed on five years formal probation and fined $985 for a no contest plea to one count of possession of a controlled substance for sale.

Simpson originally faced the same charges that Mullen did but three other counts were dismissed.