Suspect arrested -- meth involved

Linda Saholt

News Review Correspondent

When Ridgecrest Police Officers Ballestero and Bockhahn investigated a report of unattended children, ages three and four, they found the residence in question to be a suspected “meth house.”

During their investigation on April 29, the officers determined that a semi-automatic handgun on the premises belonged to Julian D. Harper, 28, who is prohibited from possessing a firearm.

The officers located Harper hiding in a bedroom in a residence in the 1500 block of North Alford Street on May 6. Officers also located a small amount of suspected methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

Officer Ballestero learned from the State Parole Department that Harper was absconding from parole and had an active “No Bail” warrant.

The suspected dangerous drugs were found in a common area within reach of the small children. Child Protective Services subsequently removed the children from the residence.

Harper was placed under arrest for possession of a firearm, possession of dangerous drugs/paraphernalia and the state parole hold. He was booked at the Kern County Jail in Ridgecrest, then transferred to Lerdo Pretrial Facility in Bakers-field. He is now being held on $32,500 bail, on charges of possession of firearm by a felon, possession of controlled substance, possession of controlled substance paraphernalia and resisting a peace officer.

He was arraigned on the above charges on May 8, and a pre-preliminary hearing was held May 14 in Superior Court in Ridgecrest. A preliminary hearing was held May 16, with another pre-preliminary hearing set for May 28.

No trial date has been set.

Story First Published: 2013-05-22