Police bust spice shops, internet casino and marijuana dispensary in multi-agency raids


Bakersfield Police say this operation was at least a month in the making, and although no arrests were made Wednesday, several businesses were shut, deemed unsafe for occupancy.

At nine Wednesday morning, multiple law enforcement agencies flooded south Bakersfield.

BPD was joined by SWAT teams, Kern County Probation, the DEA, FBI, Code Enforcement, Bakersfield Fire, even Homeland Security officers. 

All worked together to serve seven search warrants in the area of South Chester Avenue and Wilson Road. 

The majority of the locations served were selling spice according to police.

Residences, a marijuana dispensary and an internet casino were also raided.

In all, officers seized thirty pounds of spice, over $6,200, half an ounce of meth, and a “large amount of marijuana.” 

There were no injuries, according to police.

In addition to the shops raided and closed by BPD, Kern County Public Health was also on scene and independently closed two stores, nearby Lucky 7 and Tommy’s Liquor, the latter, attached to one of the smoke shops and a gambling hall. 

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