Two women arrested for allegedly driving through Kern County with 10 pounds of fentanyl: CHP
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Two women arrested for allegedly driving through Kern County with 10 pounds of fentanyl: CHP

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — Two women were arrested last week for allegedly driving on Interstate 5 with 10 pounds of suspected fentanyl worth nearly half a million dollars.

The California Highway Patrol said officers stopped a vehicle on June 7 along I-5 near Highway 223 in Bakersfield.


According to CHP officials, the officer observed signs inside the vehicle indicating that two people in the vehicle “were engaged in criminal activity.” Officers and a drug-sniffing K9 located a hidden compartment in the car’s dashboard containing approximately 10 pounds of suspected fentanyl worth more than $454,000.

Two women – identified by the CHP as Nieli Lugo, 30, and Victoria Olivas, 23 – were arrested and booked into the Kern County Jail for possession of fentanyl with intent to sell and transport fentanyl, officials said in a statement.

Neither Lugo nor Olivas were in custody, according to Kern County Jail records as of Monday evening.