Burglary Call at Lawrence Tractor
LOCATION:  Lawrence Tractor          DATE:  11-4-13          TIME:  0352
CASE NUMBER:  13-14505         VICTIM:  Lawrence Tractor          CITY:  Tipton

On 11/4/13 at 0352 hours, deputies responded to a burglar alarm call at Lawrence Tractor.  Upon arrival, deputies determined the business had been entered.  Investigation revealed the suspects had entered the building and removed an unknown amount of cash from a safe.  Suspects left the scene prior to the deputies arriving.  This case is under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department.   Anyone with additional information is encouraged to call Detective Titus at (559) 733-6218 or send anonymous information by sending a text message or email to TCSO@tipnow.com or call 1-800-TIPNOW 

 
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Update to Case #13-14474
LOCATION:           DATE:           TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:           VICTIM:           CITY: 

Two additional suspects were arrested in Case #13-14474 - pirated and counterfeit DVDs and CDs at the Richgrove Swapmeet. Those two suspects are:

Carolina Nazario, age 20 of the Los Angeles area
Jason Mejia, age 22 also of the Los Angeles area

PRIOR NEWS RELEASE:

On 11/3/13 at approximately 1030 hours, Tulare County Sheriff’s South End Investigations Detectives, Patrol Deputies and Investigators from the Movie and Recording Industry conducted a sweep at the Richgrove Swap Meet for pirated/counterfeit DVD movies and music CD’s. Approximately 14,184 music CD’s and 13,154 movie DVD’s were seized. The Movie and Recording Industry Investigators estimated that the sale of these movie DVD’s and music CD’s would have been an estimated loss of $101,982.96 to the recording industry and $131,154.00 to the movie industry. Two female juveniles, two male juveniles and an adult male, Elias Romero age 59 from Earlimart, were arrested in connection with the possession for sale of the pirated/counterfeit movie DVD’s and music CD ’s and were subsequently booked into the Juvenile Hall and the Porterville Substation.

 
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pirate and counterfeit DVD's and music CD's
LOCATION:  Richgrove Swap Meet          DATE:  11032013          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  13-14474         VICTIM:           CITY: 

 

On 11/3/13 at approximately 1030 hours, Tulare County Sheriff’s South End Investigations Detectives, Patrol Deputies and Investigators from the Movie and Recording Industry conducted a sweep at the Richgrove Swap Meet for pirated/counterfeit DVD movies and music CD’s. Approximately 14,184 music CD’s and 13,154 movie DVD’s were seized. The Movie and Recording Industry Investigators estimated that the sale of these movie DVD’s and music CD’s would have been an estimated loss of $101,982.96 to the recording industry and $131,154.00 to the movie industry. Two female juveniles, two male juveniles and an adult male, Elias Romero age 59 from Earlimart, were arrested in connection with the possession for sale of the pirated/counterfeit movie DVD’s and music CD ’s and were subsequently booked into the Juvenile Hall and the Porterville Substation.

 

 

 
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Gang Violence Suppression Detail
LOCATION:  Dinuba area          DATE:  11-01-13          TIME:  2000 Hrs
CASE NUMBER:           VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

On 11-01-13 Detectives from the Sheriff’s Gang Violence Suppression Unit were in the Dinuba area conducting continuing efforts to curb gang violence.  Shortly after 8:00 pm Detectives stopped a vehicle east of Dinuba for a traffic violation. Subsequent investigation with the assistance of the California Highway Patrol found the driver was under the influence of a controlled substance and the passenger was in possession of a modified homemade firearm.  Further investigation revealed the passenger was an ex-felon in possession of ammunition. 

Arrested were:  1) Tonya Anderson (37 years old from Selma)   Arrested for driving under the influence.                           2)  Joe Fernandez (45 years old from Selma)  Arrested for weapons charges and                                          possession of ammunition by an ex-felon. 

Both subjects were booked into the Tulare County Jails without further incident.

This case is still being investigated by the Gang Violence Suppression Unit.  Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Det. Landin (reference T.C.S.O. Case #13-80104) at the Gang Violence Suppression Unit (559) 735-1862 or toll free (800) 808-0488.  Also anonymous tips regarding this case or other gang related information can be left at         (559) 725-4194. 

 
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Cultivation of marijuana and possession for sale
LOCATION:  Multiple          DATE:  11-01-2013          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  Multiple         VICTIM:  State of CA          CITY:  Multiple

13-60836
S1 – Adrian Lopez, 27yoa,  Orange Cove.  Charged with 11358 & 11359 H&S
On the above 11/01/13 STEP detectives responded to the 42500 block of Rd. 136 near Orosi to conclude a month long investigation into marijuana cultivation and sales with the service of a search warrant at a large marijuana grow. This location and several others were brought to detectives attention by nearby residents who came to the substation to report a large marijuana grow which smelled so bad that conditions for local residents were getting unbearable. Marijuana, once it starts budding, produces a skunk like odor which blankets the area. A large scale marijuana grow can be smelled from 100’s of yards away. A check of the area by detectives found a large marijuana grow at the above location. Detectives were able to see and smell the marijuana from a public access area.

Upon arrival officers found 235 heavily budded standing marijuana plants. S- Adrian Lopez was found to be out of compliance with state laws regarding medical marijuana. He was charged with the above listed narcotic related crimes. Several other subjects are also being sought in regards to this case.

13-60840
Suspects Outstanding
STEP detectives responded to the 3000 block of Payson Ave. in the city of Visalia in regards to an ongoing investigation of marijuana cultivation, hiding behind medicinal needs, for sales to medical marijuana dispensaries.  The investigation led to the service of a search warrant at the above noted residence. Upon arrival detectives noted the strong smell of growing marijuana. When nobody answered the door detectives forced entry into the residence. Upon entry detectives found the entire interior of the residence had been gutted, carpeting and walls removed to facilitate the entire residence being turned into an indoor marijuana grow. Detectives noted rough wiring running throughout the residence into various areas of what was a three stage marijuana grow. Because of the unsafe wiring conditions S.C. Edison was contacted and responded. Their investigation found that the suspects had by-passed the residential electrical meter to run the numerous grow lights, fans and cooling units needed for a large scale indoor marijuana grow. It was determined that approx. $10,000 in power had been stolen by the suspects over the past (5) months. Once S.C. Edison cut power to the grow rooms, detectives continued the investigation.  298 marijuana plants were located in various stages of growth. All plants were seized along with a pound of processed marijuana. Indoor marijuana is generally higher in quality that outdoor marijuana because of the controlled conditions.

Nobody was home at the time of the service of the warrant however several suspects are being sought as persons of interest in this case.  Visalia Code Compliance officers responded to the residence found it was uninhabitable and posted it as such. S.C. Edison cut all power to the property at the street. The Gas Company also responded, cut the natural gas line to the residence and removed the residential meter.

It should be noted that because of increased violence and with increasing controls on large outdoor marijuana grows by city and county ordinances, many growers are moving operations indoor by buying or renting homes, gutting out the inside and converting them to indoor marijuana grows. Since a profit cannot be made if indoor grow power costs are figured in, suspects routinely bypass the meter and steal power. Haphazard wiring is run throughout the structure to power high pressure lights, fans and portable air conditioning units. This presents a huge danger of electrical fires due to heat buildup, bare wires and close proximity to the water used around the marijuana. Neighbors are forced to live with the fire danger and property owners are left with the cleanup costs. In this case it will be in the tens of thousands of dollars to bring the structure back into code.

The sale of marijuana is a crime under California law. It has become common practice for people to grow excessive amounts of marijuana hiding behind a medical recommend, then sell it on the street or to a dispensary. With each marijuana plant able to produce in excess of one pound of processed bud and the street price for high quality marijuana in the $3,000 per pound range, illegal sales of marijuana can be very profitable. These cases are still under investigation.


These cases are still under investigation by the TCSO STEP Unit.

Photos of the power and light sources on case #13-60840 are located on the Sheriff's Flickr page at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tularecountysheriff/

 
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Halloween Safety PSA
LOCATION:           DATE:           TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:           VICTIM:           CITY: 

Check out this video from Sheriff Mike Boudreaux about being safe this Halloween!

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mIgxwB-Zkpo

 
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11360 HS, 11359 HS, 11366 HS, 29800 PC, 273(a)(b) PC, 182 PC
LOCATION:  Avenue 414 and Road 130 and,42300 block of Road 142 Orosi, Ca., 30600 block of Road 72 Goshen, Ca.          DATE:  10-30-13          TIME:  1500
CASE NUMBER:  13-80103         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 


     On 10-30-13 at about 3:00 pm, personnel from the sheriff department’s gang violence suppression unit were investigating gang graffiti in the area of Avenue 414 and Road 130 Orosi when they observed a car make a vehicle code violation.  An enforcement stop was made upon the vehicle and the driver, identified as Cayetano Cruz (31 years) was found to be in possession of about four pounds of processed marijuana.  Through further investigation, Gang Unit personnel, along with members from the department’s narcotic division obtained search warrants for locations in the 42300 block of Road 130 Orosi and 30600 block of Road 72 Goshen.
     Between both locations, detectives seized approximately 20 pounds of processed marijuana packaged for sale, a firearm, scale and a large sum of U.S. Currency.
     Four adults were arrested and four children aged between 3 to 5 years were placed into protective custody.  Those arrested and booked into the Main Jail & Bob Wiley Detention Facility were;
     Cayetano Cruz (31 years) out of the Goshen and Orosi area for transportation and sales of marijuana, maintaining a residence for the sales of marijuana, felon in possession of a firearm, child endangerment and conspiracy to sell marijuana for profit.
     Alejandro Mercado (38 years) out of the Goshen area for possession of marijuana for sale, maintaining a residence for the sales of marijuana and conspiracy to sell marijuana.
      Sandy Sanchez (21 years) out of the Orosi area for maintaining a residence for the sales of marijuana, conspiracy to sell marijuana and child endangerment.
     Kathy Aguilar (23 years) out of the Goshen and Orosi area for maintaining a residence for the sales of marijuana, conspiracy to sell marijuana and child endangerment.

     Anyone with further information is encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s Department at 559-733-6218 or you can remain anonymous by sending your information to tcso@tipnow.com or by texting to (559) 725-4194.

 
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Possession of Narcotics
LOCATION:  14600 Block of Kilroy, Poplar          DATE:  10-29-13          TIME:  2100
CASE NUMBER:  13-14300         VICTIM:           CITY: 


Taken into custody were:

Herrera, Ernesto (36 Years) Resident of Poplar
Charges: 11378 HS: Possession of Methamphetamine for Sale

Pedraza, Roberto  (35 Years)- Resident of Porterville
Charges:  11350 HS: Possession of a Controlled Substance
                 11550 HS: Under the Influence of Marijuana
                 Tulare County Warrant: Burglary, Violation of Probation $25,000 Bail
                 Tulare County Warrant: Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance $10,000 Bail


On 10/29/2013 at 2100 hours, Tulare Couny Sheriff Deputies from the Porterville Substation were conducting a saturation patrol within the community of Poplar. Deputies conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle near the intersection of Kilroy and Avenue 146 in Poplar. The vehicle was being driven by Roberto Pedraza, 36 of Porterville. Pedraza had two active Tulare County warrants for his arrest. He was also found to be under the influence of a controlled substance and was in felony possession of prescription narcotics.

The passenger of the vehicle, Ernesto Herrera, 36 of Poplar was in possession of one-half ounce of methamphetamine packaged for sales and a large amount of cash. Pursuant to their investigation, Deputies performed a search of Herrera's residence where they located an additional substantial amount of methamphetamine, packaging materials and scales all used for the sales of methamphetamine.

Both Pedraza and Herrera were booked into the Tulare County Main Jail under numerous narcotic related charges. This case is currently under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff's Department.

 
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Possession of Narcotics
LOCATION:  17600 Block of Road 192, Woodville          DATE:  10-28-13          TIME:  2000
CASE NUMBER:  13-14256         VICTIM:           CITY: 

Taken into custody were:

Ontiveros, Aldo  (35 Years)- Resident of Richgrove
Charges:  11379 HS: Possession of a Controlled Substance
                
On 10/28/2013 at approximately 2000 Hours, Deputies were called to a walnut orchard in regards to a suspicious vehicle.  Deputies contacted Aldo Ontiveros, 35 of Richgrove. Ontiveros was in possession of approximately fifteen grams of methamphetamine which was found in a hidden compartment within the vehicle. Ontiveros was booked into the Tulare County Main Jail pursuant to being in possession of methamphetamine. This case is currently under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff's Department.

 
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Assault With A Deadly Weapon, Home Invasion
LOCATION:  12200 Block of Rd. 72          DATE:  10-28-13          TIME:  2230
CASE NUMBER:  13-14259         VICTIM:           CITY: 

On Monday, 10-29-13 at approximately 2230 hours, Deputies responded to a dairy in the area of Ave. 120 and Rd. 72  in Tipton, regarding an assault and home invasion. Deputies learned that two unknown male subjects entered a residence brandishing weapons, and took a cell phone and other electronic devices. During the course of the assault the suspects struck two of the victims with a blunt object causing injuries before fleeing.  The injured victims were treated and released from a local hospital. The case is currently under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office. Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact (559)733-6218. 

 

Anonymous information about this crime can be reported via Tipnow

email tcso@tipnow.net 

txt or voicemail at 559-725-4194

or download the Tipnow app for Android or Apple phones.

 
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Grand Theft
LOCATION:  Pixley          DATE:  10/24/2013          TIME:  1500 Hrs
CASE NUMBER:  13-14017         VICTIM:  Agricultural Commodities Company          CITY: 

On 10/24/13 deputies from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department were dispatched to the  victim’s address in the Pixley area.  They were informed by a representative of the company that they suspected someone of taking over $20,000 worth of taking commodities during the month October.  The commodities are used in the production of dairy feed.

Detectives from the TCSO Ag Crimes unit were contacted to assist in the investigation.   During the investigation information was developed which led to the arrest of Pablo Baltazar on charges of grand theft.  He was booked into the Tulare County Main Jail.

  The investigation is on going.  Any one with information is asked to call the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office at  (559) 733-6218.

 
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211 PC-Armed Robbery
LOCATION:  253 E Sierra          DATE:  10-27-13          TIME:  2345 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  13-14203         VICTIM:  USA Gas Station          CITY:  Earlimart

On 10/27/13 at 2345 hours, two suspects dressed in black clothing, with hooded jackets and masks, entered the USA Gas Station in Earlimart and forced the cashier to provide them with cash.  The suspects fled in a vehicle.  No injuries were sustained by the cashier.  This case is under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff's Department.

 

 
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11358 HS, 11359 HS- Cultivation of Marijuana, Poss for sale and Poss of concentrated cannabis
LOCATION:  2800 block of Ave 140          DATE:  10-27-13          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  13-14175         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY:  Porterville

Taken into custody were:  Bounnet Vongxay 48 yrs,

                                     Samakhom Sengsathevane 37 yrs            

                                     Kim Chik 39 yrs

Charges:  Cultivation of Marijuana, Possession of over 28.5 gm Marijuana for sale and Possession of concentrated Cannabis.

On 10-27-13, deputies serving an arrest warrant at a residence located a marijuana grow operation.  A search warrant was obtained for the residence and approximately 100 marijuana plants, 100 pounds of processed marijuana and a small amount of concentrated cannabis was located.  Three persons located in the residence were arrested.

The case is under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department

 

 

 
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Assault on a Peace Officer
LOCATION:  40600 block of George Rd. in Cutler          DATE:  10-26-2013          TIME:  2100 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  13-80101         VICTIM:           CITY: 

Narrative:

On 10-26-13, Detectives from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department Gang Violence Suppression Unit continued gang suppression efforts in the Cutler / Orosi areas. Shortly before 9:00 pm Detectives contacted a male subject at the rear of his vehicle parked in the 40600 block of George Rd. in Cutler. Upon contacting the subject, he immediately stuck the Detective and was taken into custody after a struggle. The Detective was not injured in the incident however the suspect received minor injuries as a result of the struggle. The male was taken to Kaweah Delta Medical Center, treated and released and subsequently booked into the Main Jail without further incident.

Arrested was: Antonio Mendoza Chavez (32 yrs. old from Cutler)

This case is currently still being investigated. Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact the Gang Violence Suppression Unit (559) 735-1862 or toll free (800) 808-0488. Also anonymous tips can be left at (559) 725-4194. Reference T.C.S.O. Case #13-80101.

 
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PC 459, burglary
LOCATION:  900 Block of W. Scranton, Porterville          DATE:  10-27-13          TIME:  0448 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  13-14170         VICTIM:  Fruit Growers Supply          CITY:  Porterville

Crime:

Burglary

On 10-27-13 at 0448, deputies responded to Fruit Growers Supply at 934 W. Scranton, Porterville, in regards to a burglary. Upon deputy’s arrival, it was discovered subjects entered the business and removed power tools, lawn equipment & gas powered engines. The estimated loss was $16,000.

This case is still under investigation. If you have any information in regards to this case, please contact the Sheriff’s department South County Investigations Unit 559-782-9674 or you can send anonymous information by sending a text message or email to TCSO@tipnow.com.

 
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245 PC Assault with a deadly weapon
LOCATION:  12500 block of Second Ave. Cutler, Ca.          DATE:  10-26-13          TIME:  0013 hours
CASE NUMBER:  13-14110          VICTIM:  Confidential (Adult male)          CITY:  Cutler, Ca.

SUSPECT 1: Gilberto Morales Victoriano. 32 years old CITY: Cutler, Ca.

On above date and time Deputies from the Cutler / Orosi Substation were dispatched to a residence located in the 12500 block of Second Ave, in the community of Cutler, regarding a fight in progress. Upon arrival, Deputies were contacted by the adult male victim who claimed to have been physically assaulted by (S) Gilberto Morales Victoriano.

Deputies observed the adult victim to have sustained injuries consistent with his statement. Deputies subsequently made contact with Victoriano and took him into custody without further incident. Victoriano was booked into a Tulare County Jail where a photograph can be collected upon request.

The case remains under investigation. Anyone with additional information is encouraged to call the Tulare County Sheriff's Department at (559) 733-6218 or send anonymous information by sending a text message or email to TCSO@tipnow.com or call 1-800-TIPNOW

 
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Assault with a deadly weapon/shooting at a motor vehicle
LOCATION:  Ave 416 East of Road 104, Orosi          DATE:  10-24-13          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  13-14044         VICTIM:  Confidential          CITY: 

On 10/24/13, at 1920 hours, Tulare County Sheriff Deputies were dispatched to a home in Dinuba regarding a man who wanted to make a report that occurred in Sultana.

Upon arrival the male victim reported while driving west on Avenue 416, leaving Orosi toward Dinuba, another vehicle pulled up behind him and began shooting an unknown type of firearm at him.  He stated he accelerated away from the shots, turned off Avenue 416 and drove straight home.  Once there, the victim discovered his vehicle had been struck by several bullets. 

On 10/25/13, at 0155 hours, Sheriff Deputies located suspect Wilfredo Lara, age 40 at his home in Orange Cove for the shooting. He was arrested, transported to the Tulare County Main Jail and is being held on a $50,000 bail bond. 

This case is still being investigated by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department.    

 
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Suspicious Package - Call out
LOCATION:  Ave 308 west of Drive 68, Goshen          DATE:  10-25-13          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  13-14068         VICTIM:  State of CA          CITY:  Goshen

NEWS  ITEM
Case Number- 13-14068
Crime- Suspicious Package

 Area Occurred- Avenue 308 west of Drive 68, Goshen
Date and Time Occurred- 10-25-13 at approximately 0845 hours
Victim- People of the State of California

 On October 25, 2013 at approximately 8:45 AM the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department was contacted regarding a suspicious item/package on Avenue 308 west of Drive 68 in Goshen. Deputies were dispatched to the area.

 Upon arrival the suspicious item was located on the sidewalk on the north side of Ave 308, located across the street from the Goshen Elementary School and on the same side of the street as a gas station/convenience store.

 The item had been discovered by business customers and parents of students. It was then reported to school officials who reported the suspicious item/package to the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department.

 To ensure the safety of the students and the public the area was cordoned off. School officials were contacted and the school was placed on lockdown.

 The Sheriff along with department staff met with school officials and provided a briefing, discussed a safety plan and alternative student release locations. Deputies were positioned within the school to assist school staff. Parents were met outside the school, provided briefings and directed to locations where they could wait to be connected with their children.

 The Tulare County Consolidated Explosive Ordinance Disposal Unit responded to the scene. An evaluation and examination of the suspicious item/package was conducted. The item was discovered to be an inert and harmless item. The components within the suspicious item/package were collected as evidence and are being evaluated for further investigation.

 At 11:10 AM the school and area businesses returned to normal operation.

The case is under active investigation. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact TCSO at (559) 725-4194 or at tcso@tipnow.com.

 The Tulare County Consolidated Explosives Ordinance Disposal Unit is comprised of Law Enforcement staff from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office and the Visalia City Police Department.

 
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Arrests made on marijuana case
LOCATION:  1000 block of S. McAulif, Visalia          DATE:  10-24-13          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  13-60763         VICTIM:  State of CA          CITY:  Visalia

13-60763
S1 – Modesto Garcia, age 41, of Visalia,    Charged with 11358 & 11359 H&S
S2 – Ivan Villa, age 22, of Woodlake,  Charged with 11358 & 11359 H&S
S3 – Florentino Villa, age 50, of Woodlake,  Charged with 11358 & 11359 H&S

 On 10/24/13 at approximately 1600 hrs, STEP detectives were contacted to conduct a follow-up investigation after Sheriff’s Patrol units in the Visalia area made a traffic stop on a vehicle found to be transporting a pound of processed marijuana.  The investigation into this vehicle and subjects in the car showed the marijuana was being transported to, and sold at, a local dispensary.

The investigation also found that a residence in the 1000 block of S. McAulif was being used as a processing/packaging center for marijuana grown at various locations around the county. A search warrant was obtained for the residence and served without incident.

S1-Modesto Garcia was detained at the residence.  The other suspects were arrested out of the vehicle when it was stopped.

During the search of the property, detectives found a sophisticated marijuana processing center. In addition to various items of indicia, approximately 200 lbs. of packaged marijuana was found already packed into 55 gallon drums and plastic totes, (4) firearms, including (1) Assault weapon and a large amount of U.S. Currency was also seized. The investigation at this location also led detectives to believe the marijuana was to be transported to the Los Angeles area and sold at various dispensaries.

The above listed suspects were found to be out of compliance with state laws regarding medical marijuana. They were charged with the above listed narcotic related crimes.

Even though S1-Garcia had a valid medical marijuana recommendation the sale of marijuana is a crime under California law. It has become common practice for people to grow excessive amounts of marijuana hiding behind a medical recommend, then sell it on the street or to a dispensary. With each marijuana plant able to produce in excess of one pound of processed bud and the street price for high quality marijuana in the $3,000 per pound range, illegal sales of marijuana can be very profitable. This case is still under investigation.

These cases are still under investigation by the TCSO STEP Unit.

 
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246.3PC/Gross Negligent Use of a Firearm
LOCATION:  ROAD 184 / AVENUE 32, EARLIMART, CA.          DATE:  10-22-13          TIME:  1515
CASE NUMBER:  13-13927         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

On 10-22-13 at approximately 1515 hours Deputies were dispatched to a call of shots fired in the area of Road 184 & Avenue 32 in Earlimart.  A BOL was immediately issued, and the suspects were stopped by assisting Officers from the Delano Police Department on Browning Road, just south of County Line. During the investigation, Deputies seized two firearms, which included a shot gun and one AK 47 assault rifle.  The suspects were identified as David Fernandez Jr., 29 years old of Bakersfield and Ernest Sierra, 25 years old of Delano.   

More than 200 farm working employees were said to be within one square mile of where the shots were fired.  They suspects were arrested and booked into custody for firing a weapon in a gross negligent manner.  Both firearms were seized and the suspects were booked into Main Jail without incident.

The case remains under investigation by TCSO.

 
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Possession of a Controlled Substance
LOCATION:  500 block of N State- Earlimart          DATE:  10-22-13          TIME:  1215
CASE NUMBER:  13-13916         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

On 10-22-13 at approximately 1215 hours Deputies responded to a residence in the 500 block of N. Market street in Earlimart.  Upon arrival the property owner allowed Deputies into his house where they contacted his son, Pablo Ambriz 23 years old who was found smoking marijuana in a bedroom.  During the contact Ambriz was searched, found in possession of methamphetamine, and a glass pipe.  He was also evaluated and found to be under the influence of a controlled substance.  He was arrested and booked into jail without incident.
The case remains under investigation by TCSO

 
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459 PC Burglary 10851 Auto Theft
LOCATION:  42000 Road 128 Orosi          DATE:  10/21/2013          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  13-13886         VICTIM:           CITY: 

On the above date/time the victim reported that unknown person(s) entered her residence by breaking a rear window and then removed a shotgun, jewelry and a TV for a loss of $3,100 The suspect(s) then stole the victim’s 1997’ Teal Chevy 4X4 Silverado #7U41196 and the dual axel car hauler trailer #1HY6801 that was attached to it. For an additional loss of $5,750 dollars. The vehicles were entered into CLETS Deputy Woolem located/lifted fingerprints from a rear window that was removed from the truck to gain access, he also located/photographed two sets of shoe tracks.

 
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Attempted Carjacking
LOCATION:  Rural Kingsburg area          DATE:  10/21/2013          TIME:  1100 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  13-13878         VICTIM:           CITY: 

On the above date and time, deputies were dispatched to the 2400 block of Avenue 400 in Kingsburg regarding an attempted carjacking.  Upon arrival the victim reported being assaulted as two suspects tried to take his car keys.  After a brief altercation, the victim fled in his vehicle and contacted TCSO. This case is under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff's Department, Cutler/Orosi Substation.

Suspects:  2 Hispanic Male Adults,  Aged 35 to 45 yrs.

 

 
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Domestic assault involving a knife
LOCATION:  15000 Block of Ivanhoe Drive, Visalia          DATE:  10-19-13          TIME:  1324 hours
CASE NUMBER:  13-13788         VICTIM:           CITY: 

On 10/19/13 at approximately 1324 hours, Deputies with the Headquarters Station were dispatched to the 15000 Block of Ivanhoe drive in regards to a domestic assault involving a knife. Deputies arrived on scene but initially were unable to locate the victim who left the area on foot. Deputies contacted the suspect who admitted to stabbing her husband after being pushed by him. Deputies later located the victim at a friend’s residence near the Woodlake area. The victim was assessed by EMS on scene for a non-life-threatening stab wound to the abdomen but refused further medical treatment.

Taken into custody:

Paula Shirley, age 48 of Visalia

Charges PC 273.5, PC245

 
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Homicide update
LOCATION:  Rd 216 and Ave 152.          DATE:  10/19/2013          TIME:  0450
CASE NUMBER:  13-13780         VICTIM:  White male adult          CITY:  Porterville, Ca

 

Suspect: Vandersluis, Jason Kyle

On 10/19/2013 at 0450 hours Deputies form the Sheriff’s Departments Porterville Substation were dispatched to Sierra View District Hospital for an assault and battery report. Upon the deputies arrival they learned that the victim had succumbed to his injuries received from the assault.

Investigators from the Sheriff’s Departments Violent Crimes Unit were called to investigate the incident. The ensuing investigation revealed that the victim a White Male adult 36 yrs was at a party with several other individuals in the area of Rd 216 and Ave 152. During the party the victim and suspect got into a verbal argument which escalated to physical fight and the victim sustained life threatening injuries to his head. While being treated at Sierra View District Hospital the victim succumbed to his injuries. During the investigation the suspect was identified as Jason Kyle Vandersluis, he turned himself into Investigators at the Porterville Sheriff’s Substation. Vandersluis was taken into custody without incident and booked at the Tulare County Main Jail.

Notification of the next of kin is pending as well as an autopsy by the Coroner’s office for the cause of death. The investigation is continuing and no other information is being released at this time. Photo available through the main jail.

The Case is currently under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff's Department, Violent Crimes Unit. Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Violent Crimes Unit at 559-735-1862.

 
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Homicide
LOCATION:  Fraint Kern Canal - Porterville          DATE:  10-19-2013          TIME:  0451 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  13-13780         VICTIM:  N/A          CITY:  N/A

On 10-18-2013 Tulare County Deputies responded to Sierra View Hospital for a report of assualt victim. Further investigation determine that several subjects were involved in a phyiscal altercation during a party along the Friant Kern Canal in the county area outside of Porterville. One of the subject involved in the altercation has passed away due to injuries. 

The Tulare County Sheriff Dept. Violent Crime Unit is currently conducting a investigation and will be updating information. 

 
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11377 H&S Possession of a controlled substance. 11379 H&S, 11550(a) H&S, 23223(a) CVC
LOCATION:  11200 block of Ave 408          DATE:  10-19-13          TIME:  0220 hour
CASE NUMBER:  13-13778          VICTIM:  State of California          CITY:  Orosi

SUSPECT 1: Mailea Perl Sempadian. 21 years old CITY: Cutler, Ca.

CHARGES: 11377 H&S – Possession of a controlled substance. 11379 H&S – Transportation of a controlled substance. 11550(a) H&S – Under the influence of a controlled substance. 23223(a) CVC – Open Container

On above date and time Deputies from the Cutler / Orosi Substation performed a traffic stop, on a vehicle being driven by (S) Mailea P. Sempadian, in the 11200 block of Ave 408 in the community of Orosi.

During the traffic stop, the driver was observed to be in possession of an open alcoholic container, approximately 0.1 grams of methamphetamine (valued at approximately $20 dollars) and was observed to be under the influence of a controlled substance. Sempadian was subsequently booked into the Bob Wiley Detention Facility without further incident.

The case remains under investigation. Anyone with additional information is encouraged to call the Tulare County Sheriff's Department at (559) 733-6218 or send anonymous information by sending a text message or email to TCSO@tipnow.com or call 1-800-TIPNOW.

 
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possession of controlled substance parole violation
LOCATION:  200 block S. P St. Dinuba          DATE:  10-17-2013          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  13-80100         VICTIM:           CITY: 

On 10-17-13 Detectives from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Gang Suppression Unit were in the Dinuba area attempting to locate a wanted Parolee. Subsequent investigation led Detectives to a residence in the 200 block of south "P" Street in Dinuba. Upon arrival wanted parolee Thomas Medina fled from the residence on foot however was arrested after a short foot pursuit. A probation search of the residence was conducted with the assistance of Detectives from the Dinuba Police Department Gang Unit. The probation search yielded a small quantity of suspected Methamphetamine as well as instruments used to produce concentrated cannabis through means of chemical extraction.

Arrested were: 1) Javier Diaz (32 yrs old from Dinuba) / Parole Violation and resisting arrest.

2) Thomas Medina (56 yrs old from Dinuba) / Possession of a controlled substance and instruments used to produce concentrated cannabis through means of chemical extraction.

3) Jesenia Melendez Becerra (23 yrs old from Dinuba) / Possession of instruments used to produce concentrated cannabis through means of chemical extraction and an outstanding traffic warrant.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Det. Landin or Det. Bonilla at the Gang Violence Suppression Unit (559) 735-1862 or toll free (800) 808-0488. Also an anonymous tip can be left at (559) 725-4194. Reference T.C.S.O. Case #13-80100.

 

 

 
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Assault with a deadly weapon
LOCATION:  1200 Blk of South Main St Porterville          DATE:  10-16-13          TIME:  2240
CASE NUMBER:  13-13648         VICTIM:           CITY: 

Taken into custody were:

Pete Rubio (35 years)- Resident of Porterville
Charges: 33215 PC: Possession of a sawed off shotgun
               23900 PC: Alter or remove serial numbers on a firearm.
               186.22 PC: Criminal Street Gang Enhancement

Anselmo Solorio (36 Years)- Resident of Porterville 
Charges: 245 PC: Assault with a deadly weapon
               33215 PC: Possession of a sawed off shotgun
               23900 PC: Alter or remove serial numbers on a firearm.
               186.22 PC: Criminal Street Gang Enhancement


On 10/16/13 at approximately 2240 hours, Deputies with the Porterville Substation were dispatched to the 1200 Block of South Main St in Porterville in regards to a fight in progress. Deputies arrived on scene and contacted the victim who alleged Solorio had attempted to stab her with a knife. Deputies contacted Solorio and Rubio at a mobile home in the area and were found in possession of a sawed off shotgun. Deputies also discovered the serial number had been removed/altered. Both suspects are known gang members out of the Porterville and Solorio was also found to be on active parole with the Department of Corrections. Both suspects were arrested and booked at the Porterville Substation for the above listed charges.  

 
This case is currently under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff's Department.



 
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Burglary - 460 PC
LOCATION:  37000 block of Road 58          DATE:  10-16-13          TIME:  1200hrs
CASE NUMBER:  13-13620         VICTIM:           CITY: 

10-16-13/1200hrs
Deputies were dispatched the area of Ave 377 and Road 58, New London in regards to a burglary in progress. Upon arrival deputies contacted the vicitms who where home at the time of the incident. The victims advised the olny item taken was medicinal marijuana.

Case under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office.

 
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Robbery, Assault w/ Deadly Weapon, Vehicle Theft
LOCATION:  17000 block of Ave 384-Seville          DATE:  10-14-13          TIME:  1545
CASE NUMBER:  13-13545         VICTIM:  Confidential          CITY: 

10-14-13/1545hrs
Deputies were dispatched to an assault with a deadly weapon in the area of Ave 384 and Rd 176, Seville. Deputies arrived contacting the victim and witnesses who advised at 1530hrs this date the suspect assaulted the victim with a baseball bat. The suspect also removed property from the victim’s pockets which included his car keys and wallet. The victim fled on foot to a neighbor’s home where a call to 911 had been made.

During the investigation, deputies discovered the victim’s vehicle was missing from its last location had been possibly taken by the suspect.


Case is under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office. Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Det. Webb at 735-1882 or by using TipNow to leave an anonymous tip.

 
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Felony Brandishing of a Firearm at a peace officer, Gang Enhancement
LOCATION:  13800 Block of Avenue 400 , Cutler          DATE:  10-12-2013          TIME:  2327
CASE NUMBER:  13-80095          VICTIM:           CITY: 

Suspect- Jesus Alejandro Guerra 19 years old

Charges: Felony Brandishing a Firearm at a Peace Officer (PC 417.8), Gang Enhancement (PC 186.22)

On 10-12-13, Detectives with the Tulare County Sheriff's Office Gang Violence Suppression Unit responded to the 13800 block of Avenue 400 for a report of shots fired. Upon arrival, detectives encountered Sureno gang member Jesus Alejandro Guerra who brandished a shotgun at gang detectives and fled on foot. During the investigation, Guerra was located at the residence and arrested without incident. A search of a residence related to Guerra revealed a .38 caliber revolver, a 9mm semi-automatic handgun and a 12 gauge shotgun and Sureno gang indicia. Guerra was later booked at the Tulare County main jail.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact the Gang Violence Suppression Unit (559) 735-1862 or toll free (800) 808-0488. Also an anonymous tip can be left at (559) 725-4194. Reference T.C.S.O. Case #13-80095

 
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11378 HS Possession for Sales of a Controlled Substance, 11379 HS Transportation
LOCATION:  Grove/Stevenson          DATE:  10-12-13          TIME:  1715 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  13-80092         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY:  Visalia

On 10-12-13, Detectives with the Tulare County Sheriff's Office Gang Violence Suppression Unit contacted John Anthony Rodriguez in the area of Grove and Stevenson in the city of Visalia for a traffic violation. During the investigation, Rodriguez was found to have an outstanding warrant for his arrest. A search revealed several individual bags of methamphetamine packaged for sales along with a digital scale.  Rodriguez was later booked at the Tulare County Main Jail.

 

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact the Gang Violence Suppression Unit (559) 735-1862 or toll free (800) 808-0488. 

 

Also an anonymous tip can be left at (559) 725-4194.  Reference T.C.S.O. Case #13-80092.

 
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Several Drug Charges
LOCATION:  1200 Block of Springville Drive, Porterville          DATE:  10-10-13          TIME:  0042
CASE NUMBER:  13-13348         VICTIM:           CITY: 

Taken into custody were:

Thompson, Maverick (43 Years) Resident of Porterville
Charges: 11358 HS: Cultivation of Marijuana
                11359 HS: Possession of Marijuana for Sale
                11360 HS: Transportation of Marijuana
                11377 HS: Possession of Methamphetamine

Trevino, Naomi  (28 Years)- Resident of Porterville
Charges:  11359 HS: Possession of Marijuana for Sale
                 11360 HS: Transportation of Marijuana

On 10/10/2013 at 0042 hours, Deputies from the Tulare County Sheriff's Department conducted a traffic stop in the 1200 block of Springville Drive in Porterville. Deputies contacted the driver of the vehicle, Maverick Thompson, 43 of Porterville and passenger, Naomi Trevino, 28 of Porterville.  As Deputies were speaking with the occupants of the vehicle, they experienced an overwhelming smell of marijuana. Deputies located approximately eight (8) pounds of processed marijuana packaged for sale. Thompson was also in possession of .7 grams of methamphetamine. Deputies also located scales and packaging materials in the vehicle. Both suspects were later booked at the Tulare County Main Jail. This case is currently under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff's Department.

 
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Search Warrants - Porterville
LOCATION:           DATE:           TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:           VICTIM:           CITY: 

On 10-09-2013, at approximately 0620 hours, Detectives with the Tulare County Sheriff's Department's Investigations Unit and the Porterville Police Department served several search warrants in the Porterville area in regards to recent gang related activity and investigations.  The search warrants resulted in the following list of arrests:

Juvenile male, age 16, address in the 800 block of E. Forrester, Porterville, CA.  Male subject was found to be in possession of methamphetamine and marijuana products, as well as weighing and packaging material.  Subject was transported to Juvenile Hall, where he was booked and lodged for the following charges:  HS 11377,  HS 11378, HS 11359, and HS 11379.6.

Enrique Sanchez, age 32, address in the 200 block of S. Sierra Vista, Porterville, CA.  Sanchez was found to be in possession of a loaded firearm and box of ammunition.  He is a known felon, who is prohibited to possess these items.  Sanchez was transported to the Porterville Substation, where he was booked for the following charges: PC 30305(a)(1) and PC 29800(a)(1).

 
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Board of Supervisors appoint Mike Boudreaux as Acting Sheriff
LOCATION:           DATE:           TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:           VICTIM:           CITY: 

At the Board of Supervisors Meeting on Tuesday October 8th, Tulare County Human Resources and Development requested that Undersheriff Mike Boudreaux be appointed as Acting Sheriff, effective October 6th, as well as compensation for additional duties effective with the appointment. 

Sheriff Boudreaux commented on his appreciation for the support he has received from the community, staff, and county officials. A video of the appointment is posted on the Sheriff’s YouTube channel at:

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GO3jrmEUmlg&feature=youtu.be

 

Pictures can be found at https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.552037661533937.1073741828.367515689986136&type=3

 
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Sheriff's Deputy Arrested
LOCATION:  Monson Road near Ave 384          DATE:  10-04-13          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  13-13138         VICTIM:  Confidential          CITY:  Confidential

On Saturday 10/05/2013 at 2020 hours the Tulare County Sheriff's Office was notified by Visalia CHP of a possible sexual assault that had occurred on Friday 10/04/2013 around 1200 hours in the area of Munson Road and Avenue 384. The victim reported being stopped by an unknown male who was thought to be a Sheriff's Deputy. When asked for her license, the victim said she did not have one. The unknown male then told the victim that they would be let go in exchange for sexual contact. The victim declined but the unknown male instructed the victim to follow him to a nearby location, which the victim did. The sexual contact occurred, after which the victim was told she was free to go and reported the incident the following day. After this report was received, an investigation took place that revealed the unknown male was a Tulare County Sheriff's Deputy that was working in the area at that time.  The reported information was corroborated by statements, video and GPS technology.   On Monday 10/07/2013 the Deputy was arrested and transported to the King's County Jail.

 

Acting Sheriff Mike Boudreaux stated, "This is an extremely unfortunate set of circumstances that required an immediate investigation.  Anyone who abuses their position in law enforcement will be held accountable. One person's actions should not tarnish the good reputations of the hard working men and women here at the Sheriff's Department."

 

Taken into custody:
William "Billy" Nulick, age 42 of Clovis, CA.
Charges: PC 288a(a), PC 207, PC288a(k)

 

Deputy William Nulick is currently on administrative leave pending the outcome of this case.  He has been with the Sheriff’s Department for three years assigned to the Cutler-Orosi Patrol Substation.

 
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245 PC Assault with a deadly weapon Two counts
LOCATION:  12200 block of Ave 408.          DATE:  10-6-13          TIME:  1905 hours
CASE NUMBER:  13-13175         VICTIM:  2 Confidential Adults          CITY:  Cutler, Ca.

SUSPECT 1:  Juan Garcia.  34 years old.                                              CITY:  Reedley, Ca.
CHARGES:   245 PC – Assault with a deadly weapon – Two counts
On above date and time Deputies from the Orosi Substation were dispatched to a local area entertainment club were two victims of an assault were seeking help.  The victims claimed to have been assaulted inside the club by a known assailant. The victims had injuries consistent with their report.
Deputies initially responded to the scene but subsequently located (S) Juan Garcia in the community of Reedley after he attempted to flee and avoid detection by Law Enforcement.  (S) Juan Garcia was taken into custody without further incident and booked into the Tulare County Main Jail on the above charges.  
The case remains under investigation. Anyone with additional information is encouraged to call Dep. Rodriguez of the Tulare County Sheriff's Department at (559) 733-6218 or send anonymous information by sending a text message or email to TCSO@tipnow.com or call 1-800-TIPNOW.

 
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Search and Rescue Operation
LOCATION:  Sequoia National Forest          DATE:  10-5-13          TIME:  1500 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  13-13135         VICTIM:  5 stranded hikers          CITY:  Stormy Canyon

On 10-5-13 the Tulare County Sheriff's Department launched a Search and Rescue operation for five stranded hikers in the Sequoia National Forest, Stormy Canyon area.  Members of the Sheriff's Department Search and Rescue team worked overnight on a 30 hour mission to locate, contact, and lead the lost subjects to safety.  The rescue included two children under the age of 13 who had become disoriented due to the extremely thick foliage and lack of visibility.  All subjects were located, and returned safely, without injury. 

Sgt. M. Yandell
Sergeant Mike Yandell
Tulare County Sheriff's Department
Pixley Patrol
Search and Rescue
Office - 685-2666
Cell - 805-3883

 
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PC 207, PC273 (A), H/S 11377, H/S 11364, H/S11550
LOCATION:  12900 BLOCK OF SIERRA IN CUTLER C.A.          DATE:  10-06-13          TIME:  1444-HRS
CASE NUMBER:  13- 13169         VICTIM:  DENNIS LOPEZ. 19 years old. Orosi, Ca          CITY:  Orosi, Ca

On 10/06/13 at 1444 hours, the victim contacted the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department regarding relative (S) Corrina Lopez who was in the process of stealing his 2008 Chevy truck from his residence. The victim attempted to stop the theft by yelling at the suspect and jumping into the truck bed.  However, (S) Corrina Lopez refused to stop and drove off with the vehicle which had two juvenile children inside.

Deputies from the Orosi substation responded. Deputies located the vehicle in the area of Francis and Aceves in the community of Orosi.  After a short pursuit, the vehicle yielded and Corrina Lopez was detained without incident.  No injuries to the children were reported during the incident.

Corrina Lopez was found to be in possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.  Corrina Lopez was taken into custody and booked at the BWDF.

Taken into custody:

CORRINA LOPEZ.  27 years old.  Orosi, Ca.

The case remains under investigation. Anyone with additional information is encouraged to call the Tulare County Sheriff's Department at (559) 733-6218 or send anonymous information by sending a text message or email to TCSO@tipnow.com or call 1-800-TIPNOW.  

 
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