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Kern Deputies Accept Plea Deals In Drug, Corruption Investigation

May 9, 2017

A drug and corruption investigation that has rocked Kern County area law enforcement for the last two years has grown into a new stage.

Last week two former Kern County sheriff’s deputies accepted plea deals with the U.S. Attorney office on charges they conspired to steal and then later sell marijuana, which the department had confiscated as evidence.

Deputies Derek Penny and Logan August could face prison time for their alleged offenses, which follow last year’s convictions of two Bakersfield Police Department narcotics detectives for similar charges. Officers Damacio Diaz and Patrick Mara are now serving 5 year sentences in their respective cases.

Lois Henry of The Bakersfield Californian recently wrote about the scandal in her column and joined us on Valley Edition to talk about the issue. 

To watch one of the deputies apologize view below.