A traffic stop and resulting search led to the arrest of a man on drug and weapons charges, according to the Kern County Sheriff's Office.
On Thursday afternoon, officers with the Kern County Sheriff’s Office CalMMET Unit (California Multi-jurisdictional Methamphetamine Task Force) conducted a traffic stop in the area of Airport Drive and Olive Drive, according to a sheriff's news release.
Upon speaking with the driver of the vehicle, 53-year-old Gary Myers of Bakersfield, deputies believed he was under the influence of a controlled substance and arrested him, it said.
During a search of Myers' vehicle, he was found to be in possession of suspected methamphetamine and cocaine, the release said. Officers obtained a search warrant for Myers' residence, on Juniper Ridge Drive in Bakersfield, and found approximately 12 firearms, ammunition and narcotics paraphernalia, the release said.
It said Myers has convictions preventing him from legally possessing firearms or ammunition.
Myers was initially booked into the downtown jail on charges of being under the influence of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance for sales, and vehicle code violations. After the search warrant was completed, additional charges were added including possession of a firearm by a prohibited person and possession of ammunition by a prohibited person.