Routine search leads to five arrests

Rebecca Neipp

News Review Staff Writer

What began as a routine search for a missing teen resulted in the arrest of three men and two women on charges ranging from possession of narcotics to conspiracy.

On Wednesday Officer Harlow of the Ridgecrest Police Depart-ment arrived at a home in the 100 block of North Mahan Street, where he was following up on a request from the Bakersfield Police Department to help locate a runaway juvenile.

According to RPD reports, Harlow knocked on the door, but received no answer despite allegedly hearing voices inside the residence. After learning that the homeowner was on probation with search terms, he knocked again, alerting subjects inside that he was conducting a probation search.

Harlow reported that the inhabitants still refused. The front door was successfully breached, and several suspects were found hiding in the residence.

A search that followed reportedly led to the discovery of 26 grams of heroin, eight grams of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. Several of the suspects were also reportedly under the influence of controlled substances.

RPD booked 30-year-old Rachel Martin-Holland, 27-year-old Chris-topher Brown, 26-year-old Anth-ony Romp, 28-year-old Travis Brunet and 43-year-old Amanda Kulas.

“We got lucky with the timing,” said Detective Kyle Cushman. “But it’s actually fairly common for the little things we follow up on to lead to much bigger things.”

He said that given the amount of heroin seized at the site, police are also pursuing charges for intent to sell the narcotics.

At press time suspects had been booked into the Central Receiving Facility in Bakersfield. No additional information about arraignment schedules was available at that time.

Story First Published: 2017-05-26