Actually, I’m thinking about changing the name to “FLY ON THE WALL”. What do you think?
Drug trafficking in Kern County has increased drastically due to Interstate I5, which runs adjacent to Bakersfield, and goes from the Mexican border to Canada. Kern County’s many law enforcement agencies work in their own jurisdictions to solve the problem. Sometimes they work together, but most of the time they do not.
The Kern County Narcotics Division (Part of the Gang Suppression Unit) had been investigating a house in the Lamont area for several months. The eight residents of the home were alleged members of a Mexican Cartel that delivered their wares up and down the I5 corridor. This house was just one of many links on I5.
At 3:00 a.m. on April 13, 2014, Detectives Annie Avants and Tom Weston, of the Kern County Robbery/Homicide Unit, were called to the scene of a combined Narcotics Division/SWAT Team raid gone bad at the house outside of Lamont.
When the teams stormed the house, they found it empty. But a surprise package had been left for them. The body of a middle-aged Mexican male, executed “gang” style, was left at the scene.
When Tom and Annie talked to the Narcotics Division leader later that morning, he informed them that the man had been covertly working with them to close this house and get more information on the connections to the Cartel.
The conclusion: someone snitched and tipped off the residents so they could leave, and told them the name of the man who was working with the Narcotics Division.
Later, during their investigation, as Tom reviewed some of the videos made by the Narcotics Division, a figure caught his eye. He asked the video people to enhance the image and, when he was sure what he was seeing, he was shocked.
It appeared that one of the remaining men who lived at the house was a life-long friend of Tom’s whom he thought worked for the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency.