Charges dismissed for detentions deputy accused of ingesting meth, bringing drugs to jail

Mar. 17—A Kern County Sheriff's deputy had drug intoxication and possession charges against her dismissed Friday after successfully completing classes for drug abuse, according to her attorney.

Defense attorney Kyle J. Humphrey filed in court proof that Elizabeth Fernandez — a county employee for 21 years — completed 20 Narcotics Anonymous meetings. The case's dismissal terms included accruing no more law violations since her arrest in June, according to Kern County Superior Court Judge Chad A. Louie.

Fernandez was intoxicated by meth and brought the drugs into jails where she worked as a detentions deputy, according to The Californian's previous reporting. Drug paraphernalia was found with her as well, previous reporting said.