Couple was arrested last summer when police seized a pound of meth

Both suspects in a drug bust in Taft last summer that resulted in the seizure of a pound of methamphetamine are going to stand trial on drug trafficking charges.

Derek Weldon Simpson, 47, of Bakersfield, was held to answer for two counts of possession of a controlled substance for sale, possession of a controlled substance without a prescription and possession of paraphernalia after a preliminary hearing on Tuesday in Kern County Superior Court.

He will be arraigned on Feb. 13 and a trial date will be set.

Ashly Christine Mullen, 24, of Taft, is scheduled to go on trial on May 29 on the same charges.

Simpson and Mullen were arrested by Taft Police on July 13 when officers conducted a probation search at an apartment in the 300 block of Warren.

During the search, according to a news release, officers located more than a pound of methamphetamine, 116 grams of heroin, several grams of fentanyl, a prescription opioid pain reliever, other assorted pain medications, about $800 in cash and other items indicating sales were being conducted.

Both defendants have pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Simpson is free on $45,000 bail and Mullen is free on $20,000 bail, according to the court website.