9/24/12 13400 Block of Ave. 72 Earlimart TCSO case # 12-60838
S-1 Leonardo Baltier, 59 yoa., Paso Robels Ca. 11358 HS, 11359 HS 182 PC
S-2 Manuel Favela Guiano, 52 yoa., Earlimart 11358 HS, 11359 HS 182 PC
On 9/24/12 detectives of the STEP unit concluded a four week investigation into the Cultivation and sales of marijuana from the above location with the service of a search warrant. Upon arrival detectives found a large marijuana grow purportedly for medicinal usage by three individuals. However the investigation found approx. 150 pounds of usable bud had already been processed, some already packaged for sale and there were still 158 fully budded plants in the ground. Each plant had approx.. 1 to 2 pounds of marijuana bud still on the plant. It was found that this amount of marijuana was clearly in excess of what was needed by the (3) recommend holders responsible for the grow site. The above listed suspects were arrested at the scene and transported without incident. Using the conservative amounts of 1 pound per plant and the 150 pounds of processed bud already present, in excess of 300 pounds of usable bud could have come from this grow site. This marijuana would have a street value in California in excess of $900,000.
Locations: TCSO Case # 12-60766
41900 blk of Rd. 126, Orosi
300 blk of S. Ventura,
15700 blk of Rosaline Ave. Ivanhoe
On 9/25/2012 The Tulare County STEP team assisted the CVMIT (Central Valley Marijuana Investigation Task force) with the final stages of a nine month investigation into the cultivation and sales of marijuana in the Fresno/Tulare/Madera county areas. The CVMIT task Force is made up of officers from the California Department of Justice - Bureau of Investigations, Fresno and Tulare County Sheriff’s Departments, U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. The investigation targeted a DTO (Drug Trafficking Organization) operating out of the Orosi area with ties to Mexico. This group was responsible for many marijuana grows on both public lands in both the Fresno and Tulare county mountains and on the valley floor hiding behind California medical marijuana laws, Methamphetamine trafficking and planning home invasion/ rip-off’s in the Central valley.
At 0600 hrs on 9/25/12 multiple Federal search and arrest warrants were served simultaneously at the above locations and on several suspects currently in custody on related state charges. Arrested on Federal charges were the following:
Juan Manuel Rodriguez, 32 yoa, Ivanhoe
Frank Rodriguez, 28 yoa, Orosi
Jose Carlos Flores, 24 yoa, Farmersville
Miguel Angel Rodriguez, 19 yoa, Orosi
Marisol Rodriguez, 31yoa, Ivanhoe
Carlos Armando Luna, 21 yoa, Orosi
Wesley Carlos, 19 yoa, Orosi
Edgardo Torres, 20 yoa, Orosi
Travis Dodd, 34 yoa, Dinuba
Miguel Malagon, 40 yoa, Parlier
The investigation found that the above listed subjects took part in various operations within the Rodriguez trafficking organization including cultivating marijuana in both the mountains and valley grows hiding behind California medical marijuana laws, sales of marijuana, transporting personnel, supplies and marijuana to and from grow sites, possession and possession and sales of cocaine and planning what are commonly referred to as “dope rips” where an armed group of suspects take others marijuana by force. S-9, Travis Dodd is accused of impersonating a Federal DEA agent and using a fake badge to scout out marijuana grows close to being harvested, then passing the information to a “Rip team”. Dodd was taken into custody several weeks ago by local detectives and Federal agents to prevent several planned thefts. While the operations were planned no known marijuana rips occurred by this group due to law enforcement intervention.
All the above listed suspects are in Federal custody. The search warrants were executed without incident by Federal, State and Local Law Enforcement officers. In addition to the arrested suspects over (40) pounds of processed packaged marijuana, ½ pound of cocaine and (10) firearms of various types were seized during the operation. The groups marijuana gardens totaling approx. 13,000 plants were systematically eradicated by officers during the investigation throughout the season as they came close to harvest.
This case is still under investigation by CVMIT and the Tulare County Sheriff’s Dept. S.T.E.P. team
36400 Blk of Rd. 112, Visalia TCSO Case # 12-40140
S1 - Kai Moua, 37 yoa, Visalia
S2 - Xiong Moua, 40 yoa, Visalia
S3 - May Siong, 57 yoa, Visalia
S4 - Khoua Moua, 42 yoa, Visalia
On 9/25/12 detectives of the STEP, NTF and INET units concluded a two week investigation into the Cultivation and sales of marijuana from the above location with the service of a search warrant. Upon arrival detectives found a large marijuana grow purportedly for medicinal usage by (6) individuals. However the investigation found approx. 440 pounds of usable bud already processed, some already packaged for sale and there were still 604 fully budded plants in the ground. Each plant had approx. 1 to 2 pounds of marijuana bud still on the plant. It was found that this amount of marijuana was clearly in excess of what was needed by the (6) recommend holders responsible for the grow site. (5) firearms of various types were seized in and around the marijuana grows. The above listed suspects were arrested at the scene and transported without incident. Using the conservative amounts of 1 pound per plant and the 440 pounds of processed bud already present, in excess of 1000 pounds of usable bud could have come from this grow site. This marijuana would have a street value in California in excess of $3,000,000.
This case is still under investigation by the TCSO STEP Unit.
22300 Blk of Ave. 340, Woodlake Ca. TCSO Case # 12-60850
On 9/28/12 Detectives with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Dept. STEP team assisted Tulare County Code Compliance officers in serving an Abatement Warrant on a marijuana grow at the above listed location. Abatement Warrants are written after the Civil fine process fails to induce a property owner to remove a Public Nuisance. In this case the marijuana in question was being grown outside of the approved zone and outdoors. Property owners had been notified, served and fined over a period of several months. After failing to abate the marijuana an Abatement Warrant was requested and signed by a Judge of the Superior Court directing the county to enter the property and remove the marijuana plants. 156 fully budded marijuana plants were removed from the property. The fence surrounding the property was torn down as it was also out of compliance with County Codes. Due to the frequency of armed subjects at marijuana grows the Tulare County Resource Management Agency requests the Sheriff’s department to assist in these abatement operations. The cost of the Abatement operation will be passed on to the property owner.