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 don't.
The Kern County Narcotics Division (Part of the Gang Suppression Unit) had been investigating a farmhouse along the Interstate 5 corridor 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 farmhouse.
The house was abandoned when they arrived, but a surprise package had been left for the teams. The body of a middle-aged Mexican male had been executed "gang" style and left at the scene.
When Tom and Annie talked to the Narcotics Division leader later that morning, they were informed 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.
Was there another undercover person living with the cartel members?
Then, to make matters worse:
Then, Annie blasts the cartels on international television - and disappears! Where is she? Will she be killed? Can she escape?
It seems that everybody wants to be a fly on everyone else's wall!
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