Three suspected gang members were arrested Wednesday night after sheriff's deputies conducted a parole search at a house in the 2700 block of Hollins Street, according to a Kern County Sheriff's Office news release.
At about 7 p.m., deputies from the Gang Suppression Section went to the house and found the three men sitting on chairs in the front yard smoking marijuana, according to the news release. Also on the front yard was an inflatable jump house with seven children playing in and around it.
Deputies searched the men and found methamphetamine in a quantity consistent with the desire to sell it. They also searched the yard and found a large hunting knife near the jump house. When they searched the house, deputies found more meth and marijuana, as well as more evidence of narcotics sales, according to the news release.
In total, the deputies found nine bags of meth with a total weight of 5.7 grams and 8.9 grams of marijuana.
Edward Chavez, 24, and Andrew Hernandez, 20, were arrested on suspicion of possession of narcotics, possession for sales of narcotics, child endangerment, conspiracy and participation in a criminal street gang. Joshua Madrid, 21, was arrested on suspicion of all those charges, as well as resisting arrest.