Three middle-aged women are behind bars after leading San Bernardino County Sheriff's Narcotics officers on a pursuit while tossing heroin and methamphetamine out the vehicle window, Hesperia station officials said Wednesday.


Authorities found a large amount of cash, drugs and two firearms during the investigation, according to Roxanne Walker, spokeswoman for the Hesperia station.


Michelle Garza, 47, Desiree Gonzalez, 52, and Kim Branco, 45, all of Hesperia, were arrested Tuesday afternoon for transporting a controlled substance and for evading deputies. The women were booked into Victor Valley Jail.


Narcotics investigators spotted the women's vehicle near First Avenue and Sycamore Street and attempted to pull the driver over at about 4:30 p.m. Instead the women fled, officials said, and a chase ensued.


As the women were fleeing from deputies, authorities reported they were throwing Baggies out the window of the vehicle.


When the vehicle reached Hesperia Road, an unmarked sheriff's vehicle cut the women's vehicle off, bringing the pursuit to a halt, Walker said.


"Investigators obtained a search warrant for Garza's home" in the 16400 block of "Fremontia Street and they found a large amount of cash, a shotgun and a 9 mm handgun, along with more drugs," Walker said.


Authorities recovered some of the drugs thrown out of the window, along with prescription pills, more methamphetamine, heroin and ecstasy located in the home, Walker said.


Deputies also recovered a dog from the fleeing vehicle. It was handed over to Hesperia Animal Control.


Garza has a previous arrest for transportation of drugs, along with other vehicle code violations, according to court documents.


Gonzalez was arrested and charged with possession of an open container in 2001. She failed to appear in court and a warrant was issued for her arrest in 2002, according to documents.


A search did not reveal any criminal record for Branco in San Bernardino County. However, along with the transportation offense, Branco was also arrested for violating the terms of her parole.


Beatriz E. Valenzuela may be reached at 951-6276 or at BValenzuela@VVDailyPress.com.