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Two Delano men arrested in $110K fentanyl bust

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Deputies arrested two Delano men after they were found with $110,000 in fentanyl pills, a loaded handgun and cash, according to the Kern County Sheriff's Office.

The Kern County Sheriff’s Office says deputies arrested two Delano men on Feb. 18 on suspicion of possessing, selling and trafficking $110,000 worth of the deadly drug fentanyl.

The Sheriff’s Narcotics Investigation Unit (California Multi-Jurisdictional Methamphetamine Enforcement Team Task Force) and the Narcotics Operations Unit (Kern County High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force) concluded a two-week narcotics investigation with the arrest of two men and the seizure of about 11,000 M-30 fentanyl pills (estimated street value $110,000), KCSO said.

During the investigation, detectives identified Jesus Antonio Garcia-Gonzalez and Noel Ayon-Aragon to be involved in the sales and trafficking of large quantities of fentanyl, according to KCSO. Garcia-Gonzalez and Ayon-Aragon were arrested in the 6600 block of Colony Street in Bakersfield after the large amount of fentanyl and a loaded handgun were found inside one of their vehicles.

Garcia-Gonzalez, 19, from Delano, was booked into the KCSO Central Receiving Facility on suspicion of possession and transportation of a controlled substance for the purpose of sales and conspiracy to commit a crime.

Ayon-Aragon, 19, also from Delano, was booked into the KCSO Central Receiving Facility on suspicion of possession and transportation of a controlled substance for the purpose of sales, possession of a controlled substance while being armed with a loaded firearm and conspiracy to commit a crime.

KCSO said narcotics investigators executed a search warrant in the 2100 block of Norwalk Street in Delano based on information obtained in the investigation. Additional fentanyl pills and a large amount of U.S. currency were located. The narcotics and U.S. currency, believed to be proceeds from the illegal narcotics sales, were seized pending asset forfeiture proceedings.