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CHP Bust Yields 10 Pounds of Fentanyl Powder, Two Arrests
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By Anthony Haddad
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June 10, 2024

Two southern California women were arrested in Kern County after a CHP K9 officer found approximately 10 pounds of suspected fentanyl powder in their vehicle during a traffic stop. (Instagram/CHP Central Division)

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Authorities arrested two southern California women in Kern County after a California Highway Patrol K9 officer discovered approximately 10 pounds of suspected fentanyl powder in their vehicle CHP Central Division reported on its Instagram account.

The bust occurred Friday at 4:05 p.m. when a CHP K9 officer from the Central Valley unit stopped a 2017 Honda Accord for a traffic violation on northbound Interstate 5 and State Route 223 in Bakersfield.

During the traffic stop, the K9 officer observed several signs of potential criminal activity, authorities said. After obtaining consent to search the vehicle, the officer uncovered a hidden compartment in the dashboard containing about 10 pounds of suspected fentanyl powder, estimated to be worth over $454,000.

CHP officer uncovered a hidden compartment in the dashboard containing suspected fentanyl powder. (Facebook/CHP Central Division)

 

10 pounds of fentanyl powder recovered by CHP during a traffic stop on Friday, June 7, 2024. (Instagram/CHP Central Division)

The driver, Nieli Lugo, 30, and the passenger, Victoria Olivas, 23, were arrested. The case was handed over to the Kern County High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Initiative, which includes members from the California Department of Justice, CHP, Kern County Probation Department, Kern County District Attorney’s Office, Kern County Sheriff’s Office, and Bakersfield Police Department.

Lugo and Olivas were booked into the Kern County Jail on charges of possession of fentanyl for sale and transportation of fentanyl across noncontiguous counties.

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Anthony W. Haddad, who graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with his undergraduate degree and has an MBA at Fresno State, is the Swiss Army knife of GV Wire. He writes stories, manages social media, and represents the organization on the ground.

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