Possession of a controlled substance
LOCATION:  41600 block of Rd 124 OROSI          DATE:  02-18-14          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  14-2183         VICTIM:           CITY: 

Suspect: Jose Bonilla Gomez.  34 years old              

On 2-17-14 at approx. 2045 hours, Deputies from the Cutler / Orosi Substation performed a consensual contact upon (S) Jose Bonilla Gomez who consented to a pat down search of his person.  As a result, Gomez was found in possession of Methamphetamine (approximately 2.0 grams) which had an estimated street value of $40.00 dollars.  Gomez was booked into the TCSO Main Jail without 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. 

 
...posted by dispatch
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Theft of Porterville Fruit Growers Supply
LOCATION:  Porterville          DATE:  2-18-14          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  14-02140         VICTIM:  Fruit Growers Supply          CITY: 

On 2-18-14 employees of the Porterville Fruit Growers Supply reported a burglary to the business.  During nighttime hours, unknown suspects entered the location and took multiple gas powered tools.

 

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department at 559-733-6218 or remain anonymous by texting information to 559-725-4194 or email at tcso@tipnow.com.

 
...posted by media relations
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*****UPDATE*****AT RISK MISSING PERSON LOCATED
LOCATION:  Terra Bella          DATE:  2-8-2014          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  14-1726         VICTIM:  None          CITY:  Terra Bella

***UPDATE***

On 02-14-2014, Detectives with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department were notified Chantharangsy had been located in the City of Bakersfield. Detectives from the Violent Crimes Unit responded to Bakersfield and confirmed Chantharangsy had been located without any injuries or foul play. 

ORIGINAL NEWS BRIEF:                                     

 On 02-08-2014 at approximately 1500 hours, Deputies with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department were dispatched to a residence in the community of Terra Bella regarding a missing person adult.  Upon arrival, Deputies learned missing adult was considered “AT RISK” and was last seen on 02/07/2014 at 2100 hours. Synonethai suffers from a medical condition and needs his medication.  

He was last seen wearing a long red sleeved shirt. He also has the word “LAOS” tattooed on his right forearm. He is possibly in the Porterville-Terra Bella area.

 
...posted by dispatch
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Burglary 459 pc
LOCATION:  31200 block of Tower Rd., Visalia          DATE:  02132014          TIME:  Early AM
CASE NUMBER:  14-01897         VICTIM:           CITY:  Visalia

Deputies from the Tulare County Sheriff's Dept. HQ patrol division were dispatched to a address in the 31200 block of Tower Rd, Visalia, in regards to a burglary report.  Victims advised firearms had been taken from the residence and information led to the contact of a male and two juvenile suspects.  The adult suspect was contacted on a traffic stop near the victim's residence and two of the stolen firearms were located.  The third firearm was later located in a juveniles possession in the town of Visalia.  All suspects were arrested for burglary and weapons charges.  All property taken was located and is evidence in this investigation.  This case is still under investigation and anyone with information in regards to this theft or others is asked to contact the Tulare County Sheriff's Dept. (559)733-6218 or online at TIPNOW.COM.  

 

Suspect

Jesse Lepe 19 yrs

Juvenile 16 yrs

Juvenile 17 yrs

 
...posted by dispatch
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Possession of a controlled substance & Possession of narcotic paraphernalia
LOCATION:  40300 block of Cindy Dr          DATE:  02-12-14          TIME:  1910 HRS
CASE NUMBER:  14-1891         VICTIM:           CITY: 

 

On 2-12-14 at approx. 1910 hours, Deputies from the Cutler / Orosi Substation were dispatched to a residence regarding a disturbance.  Upon arrival, they made contact with Emilio Sotelo who was in possession of narcotic paraphernalia and approximately 0.03 grams of methamphetamine.  The street value of the drug was estimated at $10.00 dollars.  Sotelo was booked into a Tulare County Jail without 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.  

 
...posted by dispatch
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Missing Adult from Exeter Area
LOCATION:           DATE:           TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:           VICTIM:           CITY: 

Sheriff Mike Boudreaux is seeking the help of our friends and community members in locating an adult who has been reported missing.

Michael Reeves
Age 50 of Exeter
Height: 6'0", Weight: 160, Eyes: Blue, Hair: Brown 

On 02-10-2014 at approximately 1748 hours, Deputies with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department were dispatched to a residence in the community of Exeter regarding a missing person adult. Upon arrival, Deputies learned missing adult was last seen on 10/16/2013. 

Reeves is believed to be in Lemon cove -Three Rivers area. Reeves has a rose tattooed on the web of his left hand. 

Anyone with information in regard to this investigation is encouraged to contact Det. Marks or Det. Sgt. Parker at (559) 733-6218 - in reference to TCSO Case # 14-01819.

 
...posted by media relations
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Sheriff seeks help finding AT RISK adult
LOCATION:  Terra Bella or Porterville area          DATE:  02-07-14          TIME:  2100 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  14-01726         VICTIM:  Synonethai Chantharangsy (AKA Bobby)          CITY:  Terra Bella

 
Synonethai Chantharangsy (AKA Bobby) 
Age 31 of Terra Bella
Height: 5’7”, Weight: 190, Eyes: Brown, Hair: Black  
                                     
 
On 02-08-2014 at approximately 1500 hours, Deputies with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department were dispatched to a residence in the community of Terra Bella regarding a missing person adult.  Upon arrival, Deputies learned missing adult was considered “AT RISK” and was last seen on 02/07/2014 at 2100 hours. Synonethai suffers from a medical condition and needs his medication.  
 
He was last seen wearing a long red sleeved shirt. He also has the word “LAOS” tattooed on his right forearm. He is possibly in the Porterville-Terra Bella area.
 
Anyone with information in regard to this investigation is encouraged to contact Det. M. Zamora or Det. Sgt. Parker at (559) 733-6218 - in reference to TCSO Case # 14-01726.

 
...posted by media relations
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See Below
LOCATION:  Yettem-Orosi Area          DATE:  02-08-14          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:           VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

On 02-08-14 Detectives from the Sheriff’s Gang Violence Suppression Unit were in the Yettem area conducting continuing efforts to curb gang violence in the northern portion of Tulare County.  While in the 14300 block of Ave 384, Detectives conducted a Probation compliance check of a known male gang member.  Subsequent check found the probationer was in possession of approximately 11 pounds of Marijuana, Gang paraphernalia and shotgun ammunition.  

Arrested was:  Eric Lopez (25 yrs old from Yettem)

Lopez was arrested for possession of marijuana, possession of ammunition by a person prohibited of possessing ammunition and the probation violation. 

In two unrelated incidents, two male adults were contacted by gang detectives in the Orosi area and subsequent investigation led to their arrest for possession of a controlled substance.

Arrested were:Antonio Mendoza (25 years old from the Orosi area) and Martin Ramirez (45 years old from Orosi)

 

These cases are still being investigated by the Gang Violence Suppression Unit.  Anyone with information regarding these cases is encouraged to contact 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. 

 
...posted by dispatch
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PC 422- Terrorist Threats, 166(a)(4) Restraining Order Violation, HS 11364 and HS 11550
LOCATION:  1300 Block of Avenue 392          DATE:  02-07-14          TIME:  1930 Hrs
CASE NUMBER:  14-1692         VICTIM:  Lorraine Eley          CITY:  Kingsburg

On 2/7/2014 at 1930 hours deputies responded to the 1300 block of Avenue 392 regarding a report of a family disturbance. The victim reported that Frederick Gomez threatened to attack her with a machete while he was holding the knife in his hand. Gomez was also in violation of an active restraining order by being in the presence of the victim. At the time of his arrest Gomez was found in possession of drug paraphernalia and was suspected of being under the influence of a controlled substance.

 

The case is currently under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office.

 

Taken into custody were:    Gomez, Frederick 35 yrs

 
...posted by dispatch
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Notification of Possible Scam Regarding Bail
LOCATION:           DATE:           TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:           VICTIM:           CITY: 

Sheriff Mike Boudreaux, is advising the communities in Tulare County of a possible scam regarding bail.

 

Should you receive a call from someone advising you a loved one is in custody asking you to apply money to a pre-paid credit card number for bail, obtain the name of the family member, jail location and contact information for the person calling you. DO NOT RELY ON YOUR CALLER ID.  It may appear as a false number.

 

You should call the Sheriff’s Department immediately with this information.  Do not apply money to the credit card. 800-808-0488

 

There are only four methods for bailing a person out of the Tulare County Jail system.  They are as follows:
1. Utilize the “Easy Kiosk” in the lobby at any one of the jail facilities.  This requires the full bail amount
2. A Cashiers Check for the full bail amount made payable to the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department
3. Cash for the full bail amount taken to the jail facility
4. Utilize a Bail Bond company

 
...posted by media relations
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Arrest made on neglagent discharge of firemarm
LOCATION:  1200 block of North Foothill, Lindsay          DATE:  02-07-2014          TIME:  0645 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  14-1670         VICTIM:  State of CA          CITY:  Lindsay

On 2-07-14, Deputies from Tulare County Sheriff’s Department arrested Yang Lee for Negligent Discharge of a Firearm. Lee was outside his residence and in a nearby orchard firing a handgun into the air. Deputies arrived and arrested Lee. He was booked into Tulare County Jail for 246.3 PC and 11550 H&S.

Suspect:
Yang Lee 34 years of Lindsay

 
...posted by media relations
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K-9 Teams Seeking Donations
LOCATION:           DATE:           TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:           VICTIM:           CITY: 

The Tulare County Sheriff’s Department and the Visalia Police Department K-9 Teams, will be in the communities soliciting donations for the 29th annual Sierra K-9 Trials. This year’s trial will be held at the Visalia Plaza Park Raceway, on April 26th, and is open to the public with free admission and free parking.

The two departments will also be sponsoring youth from Tulare County, through both agencies Police Activities League organizations.

 


If you have any questions on how to donate to the Sierra K-9 Trials, please feel free to contact The Sierra K9 Association (559) 731-4427.

 
...posted by media relations
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Sheriff Boudreaux to promote new Lieutenant
LOCATION:           DATE:           TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:           VICTIM:           CITY: 

Sheriff Boudreaux promotes new Lieutenant

You are invited to join us on Monday, February 10, 2014 at 9:00 AM, a formal promotional ceremony will be held in the lobby at Sheriff’s Headquarters.

Lieutenant Jim Franks has been with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department for approximately 26 years, having joined the Department as a Sheriff’s Trainee in 1988. During that same year he was promoted to a Deputy position. During his time with the Department, he has been assigned as a Deputy to the Jails, STEP/SWAT, the Narcotics Unit, Property Crimes, and Homicide.

While working in the Jails he held the position of Jail Training Officer, as well as a Lead Booking & Classification Officer. He moved to work in Patrol, and after two years was named a Field Training Officer, as well as holding the position of a SWAT Sniper.

While serving with the Department as a Deputy, Franks also worked as a Grant Coordinator for an ABC Grant which had been awarded to the Sheriff’s Department.  This grant involved research and recommendations for additional personnel. Administration of the grant included setting up various suppression, enforcement, and education programs throughout the county.

As the grant year ended, he was moved into the STEP/SWAT unit, where after several years was made an Entry Element Team Leader. During that time, the team was split into two teams, and Franks was instrumental as a leader of the second team.

After his transfer into the Homicide Unit, he worked on multiple capital cases during his three years there – one of those years noted as having double the normal number of homicides. Some of these cases received national attention, such as the Angelita de Orosi case, where he made a guest appearance on Nancy Grace.

After being promoted to Sergeant in February of 2008, Franks was assigned to Headquarters Patrol, where he was a Field Training Officer Supervisor and later assigned as Sergeant in charge of the STEP/SWAT team. Not only was he the Sergeant of that Unit, but also oversaw all marijuana investigations in the county, as well as any grants attached to those investigations. He was responsible for budgeting overtime for staff, purchasing equipment and supplies, and planning training.

During his law enforcement career, Franks has received several commendations, most notably three formal letters of recognition from the Sheriff. The first letter recognized his investigative efforts in the Orosi baby cases, where the suspect was arrested and successfully prosecuted. The second letter was regarding intervening in another department’s case where they mistakenly labeled a homicide as a natural death. Once their investigation was finished, Franks insisted that his staff work the scene as a homicide, where it was later ruled as such by the Coroner. The third commendation was for his work as part of teams involved in hostage rescue during the 2012 shooting at the Reservation.

Currently, Franks is a departmental Less-Lethal Impact Munitions Instructor, Submachine Gun Instructor, Firearms Instructor, Active Shooter Response Instructor, Simunition Instructor, Pepperball Instructor, SWAT Tactics Instructor, and Swiftwater Rescue Instructor. He is also the department subject matter expert in tactical critical incidents and operations. In addition to maintaining those instructor positions, Franks is also the Lead Sergeant on the Dive and Swiftwater Rescue Team, as well as being a member of the Search and Rescue Team. As part of those groups, he has participated in nearly a hundred rescues and body recoveries from dangerous locations throughout Tulare County.

He is supported by his wife Judy, sons Daniel and Chris – who is also a Deputy - and daughters Michelle, Jill and Christine.

 

You are invited to join us on Monday, February 10, 2014 at 9:00 AM, a formal promotional ceremony will be held in the lobby at Sheriff’s Headquarters.

 
...posted by media relations
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Sheriff Seeking Contact with Godines Family
LOCATION:           DATE:  02-03-14          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  14-1517         VICTIM:  Evelyn and Jesus Godines          CITY:  Plainview area

UPDATE 02-07-14:
Sheriff Mike Boudreaux would like to thank everyone who assisted in spreading the word about our need to make contact with the Godines family. Because of all our friends, Evelyn and Jesus found out we wanted to make contact with them and went to a law enforcement agency in the area they were located and let them know they were ok. We were able to make contact with them and let their relatives know they are doing fine.

Thank you to all our concerned community members for helping us make sure our friends and families are safe.

Keep up the great work, you are our eyes and ears of Tulare County!

Prior Release:
On Monday, February 3, 2014, the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department received a call from a concerned relative of the Godines family, stating they had not heard from them for a few days.  The Sheriff’s Department is seeking contact with the family to make sure they are ok.  Foul play is not suspected at this time.

 

Jesus and Evelyn were last known to reside in the Plainview area.  They are associated with a silver Honda Odyssey.  They have three children ages 1, 2 and 3.  Jesus is a 30 year old Hispanic male; Evelyn is a 28 year old Hispanic female. 

 

If anyone has information regarding the location of Evelyn or Jesus Godines and their three children please contact the Sheriff’s Department at 800-808-0488.  You may also utilize the Sheriff’s anonymous TipNow program by leaving a voice message or text to 559-725-4194 or email tcso@tipnow.com.

 

Photo:
https://www.facebook.com/TulareSheriff/photos/a.523597531044617.1073741825.367515689986136/612011458869890/?type=1&theater

 
...posted by media relations
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459pc, Burglary
LOCATION:  27700 block of Ave 56, Fountain Springs, CA          DATE:  08-12-13          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  13-10476         VICTIM:           CITY: 

Suspect Info: Alfredo Narcisco Beltran    Age: 33 yrs     City: Terra Bella CA.


After a lengthy investigation, the Tulare County Sheriff’s South County Investigation Unit arrested Alfredo Beltran for a residential burglary committed in the community of Fountain Springs.
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department at 559-733-6218 or remain anonymous by texting information to 559-725-4194 or email at tcso@tipnow.com.

 
...posted by dispatch
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Possession of Methamphetamine for Sale, Felon in Possession of a Firearm
LOCATION:  1600 Block of E. Cleo, Porterville          DATE:  02/02/201          TIME:  0900 Hours
CASE NUMBER:  14-1449         VICTIM:           CITY: 

Taken into custody were:

Donald Absher, 42 of Porterville

Danielle Duffy, 32 of Porterville

Charges:

11379HS Possession of Methamphetamine for Sale

11350HS Unlawful possession of prescription medication

11366HS Maintaining a Drug House

12022.1HS Possession of a Controlled Substance while armed with a Firearm

29800(a)(1)PC Felon in Possession of a Firearm

30305(a)(1)PC Felon in Possession of Ammunition

 

On Sunday, February 2nd at approximately 0900 hours, Tulare County Sheriff's Deputies served a search warrant at a residence in the 1600 block of East Cleo in Porterville after receiving complaints from area residents regarding possible narcotics activity. Deputies located methamphetamine packaged for sale, packaging materials, digital scales and a loaded firearm. Deputies arrested Donald Absher, 42 of Porterville and Danielle Duffy, 32 of Porterville pursuant to charges including possession of methamphetamine for sale, maintaining a drug house, possession of a controlled substance while armed with a firearm and a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

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

 
...posted by DISPATCH
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Sheriff Boudreaux to promote new Captain
LOCATION:           DATE:           TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:           VICTIM:           CITY: 

Captain Cheri Lehner was born in Dinuba in November of 1966, where she also attended Dinuba Joint High School, graduating in 1984. In 1986 she earned her Associate of Science degree in Criminal Justice from the College of the Sequoias. She was hired as a Sheriff’s Trainee and sponsored through the College of Sequoia’s basic police academy by the department in 1986. Cheri was later promoted to a Sheriff’s Deputy in 1987 after completing her training.

                Captain Lehner began her career with the Sheriff’s Department in the Tulare County Correctional Center, and later on worked in the Narcotic’s Unit, where she was commended by then Deputy District Attorney Ferguson for working on a high school drug sting in 1990. She then worked Patrol in Porterville. During that time she received several commendations, including a memo from then Detective Mike Boudreaux regarding her patience and professionalism while interacting with members of the public. Another letter from District Attorney Edward Hunt was sent to Sergeant Vest regarding her work which led to the arrest of a fugitive from Texas as well as locating a primary witness in a Texas homicide in June of 1991, and stated that the qualities displayed by Deputy Lehner were the cornerstones of successful law enforcement work.

                In 1996, Cheri was promoted to Sergeant, and went to work at the Bob Wiley Detention Facility, where she remained until she was assigned to the Pixley Patrol Substation in 1998. A year later, she transferred to the Gang Violence Suppression Unit. During her time in the Gang Violence Suppression Unit, Sergeant Lehner was commended for her thoroughness and thoughtfulness regarding follow-up memos after a detail, as well as remembering the name of the individual dispatcher that she had worked with. Dispatch Supervisor Sandra Harris said that her compliments were appreciated, and her work reflected well on her position as a supervisor. Her last assignment as a sergeant was in the Juvenile Crimes Investigations Unit, where she worked for three years.

                2006 saw a promotion to Lieutenant, as well as several new assignments, including the Men’s Correctional Facility, Court Services,  Civil and Corrections Units, and Headquarters Patrol in. She was assigned to Personnel and Training in 2012, and later the same year to the Orosi Patrol Substation.  Since working in Orosi, Cheri graduated from the Los Angeles Police Department Leadership Academy, formerly known as the West Point Leadership Academy.

                Captain Cheri Lehner will be continuing her career in her next step as Captain of the Detentions Division. She is supported in her career by her mother Sharon and her brother Jared, who is currently employed with the California Highway Patrol.

 

Please join us for a formal promotional ceremony that will be held in the lobby of Sheriff’s Headquarters on Monday, February 3, 2014. 

 
...posted by media relations
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300 Block East Center Street, Earlimart
LOCATION:  EARLIMART          DATE:  01-27-14          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  14-1184         VICTIM:  CONFIDENTIAL          CITY:  EARLIMART

** The following is UPDATED information regarding this case. **

Suspect #1: Daniel Ontiveros 23 years, Earlimart

Arrested for 212.5 PC, robbery in a residence, 207(a) PC, kidnaping, 245(a)(1) PC assault with a deadly weapon, , 368 PC, Elder abuse, 182 PC, conspiracy, 11350 H&S possession of a controlled substance, three felony warrants, one misdemeanor warrant.  

Suspect #2: Refugio Deleon 23 years, transient

Arrested for 212.5 PC, robbery of a residence, 207(a) PC, kidnaping,368 PC, Elder abuse, 182 PC, conspiracy,600 PC, injuring a dog used by a peace officer, 148.5 PC delaying a peace officer, one felony out of county warrant.

 
...posted by dispatch
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HOME INVASION ROBBERY
LOCATION:  300 Block East Center Street, Earlimart          DATE:  01-27-2014          TIME:  1630 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  14-1184         VICTIM:  CONFIDENTIAL          CITY:  Earlimart

On 1-27-14 at about 1630 Hrs., Tulare County Sheriff's Deputies were dispatched to the 300 block of East Center in Earlimart in regards to reports of  two suspicious subjects seen entering a yard at that location. Upon TCSD Deputies Arrival, Deputies confronted two masked suspects who were fleeing the residence. One of the suspects was immediately taken into custody just outside the residence and found to have multiple weapons and stolen property and narcotics on his person. A second suspect was chased by deputies from the scene and was apprehended a short distance from the residence by use of a TCSD K-9. This suspect received several contact wounds by the K-9 and was treated at a local area hospital for these wounds.

A further check of the residence resulted in the location of an elderly female victim who had been confronted by the masked suspects whom assaulted the victim, held her inside the residence at gunpoint and ransacked the residence before being disrupted by arriving TCSD Deputies.  The victim received non life threating injuries as a result of this incident and was transported to and treated at a local area hospital for her injuries.  All of the property taken from the victims residence by the suspects has been recovered.

The Tulare County Sheriff's Departments Property Crimes Investigation Unit and the Sheriff's Gang Violence Suppression Unit has assumed this investigation and it is ongoing.

This case is actively and currently under investigation and will be updated as further information becomes available.



Suspect #1: H-M-A  (No name available at this time)

Suspect #2: H-M-A  (No name available at this time)



Prepared by:
Lieutenant Kevin Cotton

 
...posted by dispatch
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***UPDATE****Attempt homicide, home invasion, and gang enhancement
LOCATION:  Badger          DATE:  02-26-2013          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  13-02498         VICTIM:           CITY: 

Suspect: Enrique Carrizales, 25 years old, Orosi (4th suspect taken into custody)

On 1-22-2014, Detectives with the Tulare County Sheriff's Department received information through TIP NOW regarding a possible location on wanted suspect Enrique Carrizales.

On 1-23-2014, Officers with the Kent Police Department in the State of: Washington responded to a location in the City of Kent and successfully apprehended Carrizales on his outstanding warrant. Carrizales was booked at the King County Regional Justice Center and is currently waiting extradition.

Detectives with the Tulare County Sheriff's Department Violent Crimes Unit responded to King County Jail and interviewed Carrizales regarding the investigation.

Sonny Delgado from Dinuba is also currently wanted in connection with the investigation. Anyone with information related to the whereabouts of Delgado or information related to the investigation is encouraged to contact Detective Marks or Detective Sanchez with the Tulare County Sheriff's Department at 559-733-6211, or by sending a text message or email to TCSO@tipnow.com

***previous news release***
On 2-26-13, Deputies with the Tulare County Sheriff's Department responded to a residence in Badger for a home invasion with a report of shots fired. The victim suffered several gunshot wounds during the home invasion and five suspects fled the residence.

While en-route to the call, deputies located two vehicles fleeing the scene and attempted to conduct a traffic stop. One of the vehicles yielded and Michael Serna and Juventino Rosas of Dinuba were taken into custody in relation to the investigation.

The second vehicle failed to yield and a lengthy pursuit ensued. The suspect vehicle subsequently wrecked in the Yettem area and Thomas Cuadros of Reedley was taken into custody in relation to the investigation.

During the investigation, Enrique Carrizales and Sonny Delgado were identified as suspects in the investigation and were wanted in connection with the crime.

 
...posted by dispatch
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Possession/transportation of a controlled substance for sales
LOCATION:  Pixley          DATE:  01-24-14          TIME:  1930 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  14-80004         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

On the above date Detectives from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department Gang Suppression Unit conducted a traffic stop for traffic violations at Highway 99 and Court Ave in Pixley. The detectives observed suspicious activity during the traffic stop. He requested Tulare County Sheriff’s Department Narcotic dog to respond. The Dog alerted to the presents of narcotics in the vehicle. Further investigation revealed that Alvarez was in possession of approximately two pounds of cocaine.  The Tulare County Sheriff’s Department’s Narcotics Division responded and took over the investigation.

The suspect was booked at Porterville Substation for the listed charges.



Taken into custody :
1) Alvarez, Valdemar             20Yrs.             Ceres resident         Date of arrest: 01-24-14
Crime- 11350/11351/H&S
Possession/transportation of a controlled substance for sales




The investigation is continuing.  Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department Narcotics Division (559) 713-2950.

 
...posted by dispatch
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11377/11378/11366 H&S
LOCATION:  Visalia          DATE:  1-23-14          TIME:  0700
CASE NUMBER:  14-700011         VICTIM:  State of CA          CITY: 

After an approximate three (2) week investigation into the sales of illegal narcotics in the City of Visalia,  The Sheriff’s Department’s Narcotics Division and Investigators from the Inter Agency Narcotics Enforcement Team (INET)  were led to a residence in the 4000 Blk of Cambridge. The ensuing investigation and search revealed approximately half of ounce of Methamphetamine, with a street value of $1600, packaging materials, and scales. Detectives also located a subject who attempted to give a false name. He was later identified to be a wanted subject with outstanding felony warrants. 

 

As a result of the search warrant two people were taken into custody on the below charges.

 

Taken into custody were:

1) Robert Stephen Gezzer             27Yrs.             Visalia resident         Date of arrest: 01-23-14

Crime- 11377/11378/11366 H&S  

 Possession of a controlled substance for sales/ maintaining a place for the sales of narcotics /sales of narcotics 

2) Isaiah Taylor     25Yrs.              Visalia resident                                  Date of arrest: 01-23-14

Crime- 148.9 PC/ Outstanding felony warrants

Providing false information

 

The investigation is continuing.  Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department Narcotics Division (559) 713-2950.

 
...posted by media relations
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HOME INVASION
LOCATION:  8000 BLK RD 224          DATE:  01-23-14          TIME:  1208 HRS
CASE NUMBER:  14-00980         VICTIM:           CITY:  TERRA BELLA

0n 1-23-14, Deputies were dispatched to a reported home invasion robber at the above location. Detectives responded shortly after.

The victim, an elderly female, reported two armed masked suspects forced entry to the residence and detained her. The suspects searched the residence and fled with a vehicle and valuables.

The investigation is on going and anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department at 559-733-6218 or remain anonymous by texting information to 559-725-4194 or email at tcso@tipnow.com.

 
...posted by dispatch
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Regular Visiting Hours Resume at Facilities
LOCATION:           DATE:           TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:           VICTIM:           CITY: 

Thank you for being patient as we dealt with this recent flu outbreak in our facilities. Regular visiting hours have resumed, and if you have any questions please visit our website, tularesheriff.info.

Please follow the link to view the page listing all facilities visitng hours:

http://www.tularecounty.ca.gov/sheriff/index.cfm/custody/visitng-hours-for-our-facilities/

 

 
...posted by media relations
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POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE
LOCATION:  Second Ave and Cutler Dr. , Cutler          DATE:  01-22-14          TIME:  2330 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  14-965         VICTIM:           CITY: 

On 1-22-14 at approx. 2330 hours, Deputies from the Cutler / Orosi Substation were patrolling the community of Cutler when they observed Alonzo driving his bicycle on the roadway without a headlamp, weaving and impeding traffic.  A traffic stop was initiated and contact made.  Deputies detected an odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from his person.  A consensual pat down was performed at which time a small bindle (approximately .05 grams with a $10 street value) of methamphetamine was located.  Alonzo was booked without 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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11377/11378/11366/ 11358H&S
LOCATION:  Terra Bella          DATE:  1-21-14          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  14-700015         VICTIM:  State of CA          CITY: 

After an approximate three (3) week investigation regarding sales of illegal narcotics and cultivation of marijuana in the Terra Bella area, Investigators from the Sheriff’s Department’s Narcotics Division and Inter Agency Narcotics Enforcement Team (INET) consisting of personnel from Lindsay P.D., Farmerville P.D., Exeter P.D were led to a residence in the 23600 blk. of Ave 93. The ensuing investigation and search revealed methamphetamine approximately forty (48) marijuana plants and one pound of  process marijuana with a street value of $9500.00,packaging materials, scales.  All the items were seized by Detectives. 

 

As a result of the search warrant two people were taken into custody on the below charges.

 

Taken into custody were:

1) Alex Cavazos             47Yrs.             Terra Bella resident         Date of arrest: 01-21-14

Charges: 11377/11378/11366/ 11358/H&S 

possession of a controlled substance for sales/ cultivation of marijuana/ maintaining a place for the sales of narcotics /sales of narcotics

2) Demesio Lopez Jr      40Yrs.              Terra bella resident     Date of arrest: 01-21-14

Charges: 11377/11378/11366/ 11358/H&S 

possession of a controlled substance for sales/cultivation of marijuana/ maintaining a place for the sales of narcotics /sales of narcotics

 

The investigation is continuing.  Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department Narcotics Division (559) 713-2950.

 
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11377/11378/11366/ 11370.1 H&S 182 PC
LOCATION:  Terra Bella          DATE:  1-21-14          TIME:  0700
CASE NUMBER:  14-70008         VICTIM:  State of CA          CITY: 

After an approximate three (3) week investigation into the sales of illegal narcotics in the Terra Bella area, Investigators from the Inter Agency Narcotics Enforcement Team (INET) and the Sheriff’s Department’s Narcotics Division were led to a residence in the 8700 Blk of Rd 252. The ensuing investigation and search revealed approximately thirty (31) grams of Methamphetamine, with a street value of $3100, packaging materials, scales and a firearm. A large sum of currency related to the sales of narcotics was seized as well. 

 

As a result of the search warrant two people were taken into custody on the below charges.

 

Taken into custody were:

1) Ana Trejo, Ana             56Yrs.             Terra Bella resident         Date of arrest: 01-21-14

Crime- 11377/11378/11366/ 11370.1 H&S 182 PC 

PC possession of a controlled substance for sales/ maintaining a place for the sales of narcotics /sales of narcotics /possession of firearm/conspiracy

2) Gregurio Alvarez      70Yrs.              Terra bella resident     Date of arrest: 01-21-14

Crime- 11377/11378/11366/ 11370.1 H&S 182 PC 

PC possession of a controlled substance for sales/ maintaining a place for the sales of narcotics /sales of narcotics /possession of firearm/conspiracy

 

The investigation is continuing.  Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department Narcotics Division (559) 713-2950.

 
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POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE & UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE
LOCATION:  Road 128 and Emerald Ave Cutler          DATE:  01-21-14          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  14-882         VICTIM:           CITY: 

On 1-21-14 at approx. 0156 hours, Deputies from the Cutler / Orosi Substation were patrolling the community of Cutler when they observed a female walking in the dark.  Deputies stopped to check her welfare and assist.  Upon making contact with (S) Crystal Vera, she was observed to be under the influence of a controlled substance and to be in possession of approximately .10 grams of methamphetamine (street value of $20.00). Vera was taken into custody and booked into a Tulare County Jail 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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Burglary
LOCATION:  800 block of South Crystal Street, Porterville          DATE:  01-20-14          TIME:  1431 HRS
CASE NUMBER:  14-868         VICTIM:  Lewis, Ashley          CITY:  PORTERVILLE

On 01-20-14 at approximately 1431 hours, deputies responded to the 800 block of South Crystal Street, Porterville in regards to an interrupted burglary. Upon contacting the victim, she stated upon arriving home she discovered two unidentified male subjects running from the rear bedroom of her residence.

During investigation two male subjects located at the scene were detained and later determined to be the suspects in this case. Both male subjects were taken into custody for burglary and booked at the Porterville Substation.  



Taken into custody were:
Barragan, Manuel 29 yrs of age
Camacho, Manuel 37 yrs of age

Charges: PC 459 Burglary

 
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Trespassing, possession of burglary tools, possession of metal knuckles, conspiracy, possession of M
LOCATION:  1500 block of South Main Street, Porterville          DATE:  01-20-14          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  14-843         VICTIM:           CITY: 

Victim- Gutierrez, Jose

On 01-20-14 at approximately 0650 hours, deputies responded to the 1500 block of South Main Street, Porterville in regards to suspicious vehicle. Upon contacting the victim, he stated one male juvenile, and two adults had entered his orange grove and were trespassing. The victim blocked the suspects vehicle and made them wait until deputies arrived.

The three male suspects, were arrested for trespassing, possession of Marijuana, possession of metal knuckles, possession of burglary tools a conspiracy. The adult males were booked at the Porterville Substation and the Juvenile was booked at JDF.

 

 Taken into custody were:

Male Juvenile 17 yrs of age
Hicks, Casey 18 yrs of age

Olmos, Richard 19 yrs of age

Charges:

PC 602 Trespassing
PC 466 Possession of burglary tools
PC 12020 Possession of metal knuckles

PC 182 Conspiracy

HS 11357(b) Possession of Marijuana less than an ounce

 

 
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487 PC, 594 PC
LOCATION:  Sierra / Elm in Pixley          DATE:  1-18-14          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  14-799         VICTIM:  Petigliano Farms          CITY:  Pixley

Loss: $175,000

Recovery: $175,000

(V) Petigliano Farms

(R/P) Domonick Petigliano

(S) 13 year old male Juvenile

(S) 16 year old male Juvenile

On 1-19-14, Deputies were dispatched to the area of Elm and Sierra in Pixley regarding the theft of two "Shaker" Tractors worth $175,000. Deputies searched the area and located one of the abandoned tractors near Avenue 80 and Road 132. They located the second abandoned tractor near Avenue 84 and Road 136.

The tractors were processed and returned to the owner. After further investigation Deputies located and arrested a 13 year old male and a 16 year old male for the theft and damage to the orchards. They were booked at Tulare County Juvenile Hall for 487 PC and 594 PC.

 
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PC 212.5
LOCATION:  9700 block of Rd. 240, Terra Bella          DATE:  01-19-14          TIME:  1800 hours
CASE NUMBER:  14-827         VICTIM:  Confidential          CITY:  Confidential

Taken into custody were: N/A

On above date and time Deputies responded to a residence in Terra Bella regarding a home invasion. Detectives responded and determined four suspects forced entry into the residence and took cash and a vehicle at gun point. The suspects fled the scene heading south on Rd. 240. No injuries were reported.

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

 
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422 PC Criminal Threats
LOCATION:  Confidential          DATE:  1/18/14          TIME:  1934 Hours
CASE NUMBER:  14-00833         VICTIM:  Confidential per 293 PC.          CITY:  Confidential

Taken into custody were:

Gonzalez, Clemente Granados (24 Years)

On the above date and time, deputies responded to a confidential address in Poplar regarding a report of criminal threats.  Upon arrival, the confidential victim advised her ex-boyfriend, Clemente Gonzalez Granados (24 Years) arrived and forced her inside her residence against her will.  During the incident, it was learned Gonzalez committed a sexual battery against the victim and threated to later return and kill her. 

Gonzalez was later located at his residence in the Porterville Area, arrested and booked at the Porterville Substation on the above charges.


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

 
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460 PC- Home Invasion
LOCATION:  23900 block of Ave 88          DATE:  1-17-14          TIME:  1700 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  14-734         VICTIM:  Confidential          CITY:  Terra Bella

On Saturday, 01-18-14 at 1130 hours TCSO Detectives were called to the Porterville sub station regarding a victim of a home invasion. The victim advised on Friday, 01-17-14 at approximately 1700 hours the three suspects responded to her home with a firearm, demanding money. The victim advised she had no money and the suspects entered her residence and stole three TV’s. The victim provided further details on the suspects and Detectives were able to connect the home invasion to a vehicle pursuit the same night. The pursuit ended with two suspects in custody and a third still outstanding. The suspect vehicle contained three TV’s. The victim was able to identify the TV’s as the ones taken during the home invasion. The two suspects were booked into the Tulare County Main Jail. 

 

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

 
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Home Invasion
LOCATION:  173-- Block of Road 96, Tulare          DATE:  01-17-14          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  14-699         VICTIM:  Confidential per 293PC          CITY:  Tulare

On 1/17/14 at approximately 0120 hours, deputies from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department responded to the 17300 Block of Road 96 in Tulare regarding a home invasion type robbery which had just occurred with shots being fired.

Upon the deputies arrival, the victim told deputies that unknown subjects had forced their way into the residence at which time the victim secured himself in a locked room. The suspects demanded entry into the locked room which was occupied by the victim but the victim refused. After several minutes of the suspects demanding entry, the suspects abandon their efforts and fled in an unknown direction from the residence. While fleeing the residence, the suspects fired several rounds in the direction of the residence, deputies believe in an effort to keep the victim from pursuing them. The victim in this case received no injuries or property loss as a result of this incident.

Detectives were called to the scene and this case is currently under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff's Department.

Anyone with information, please call Det. Ramos with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Dept at:

(800) - 808-0488, or the

Tip now line: 559 725-4194, or by e-mail

tcso@tipnow.com

 
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Tulare County Jails temporarily suspend visiting.
LOCATION:           DATE:  01/17/2014          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:           VICTIM:           CITY: 

Effectively immediately, as a precautionary measure, Sheriff Mike Boudreaux has decided to temporarily suspend visiting to all of the Tulare County Jails. This action will assist in minimizing the possible exposure of the potential flu virus - H1N1 to the inmate population, their families, jail staff, volunteers and the public. This action is being taken in accordance with information provided by Corizon Health (Medical services providers for Tulare County Criminal Justice).

Detention staff are communicating with the inmate population in regards to how this is a proactive, protective measure for the inmate population, their families, jail staff, volunteers and the public. The Sheriff’s Department is working with the inmates to help provide communication to their family members to prevent them from unnecessary trips to the facilities and to make sure their families have a point of contact to verify whether or not visiting has resumed. The Department is also setting up phone numbers that will provide a voice message regarding the status of visiting at the detention facilities. We will update our news feed as more information is available. Visit our web page at www.tularesheriff.info/news.php

English - Visiting Voice Message (559) 636-4652

Spanish - Visiting Voice Message (559) 735-1845

Currently there are approximately 1650 inmates housed in Tulare County Jails. This does not include the number of inmates that are currently participating in the Sheriff’s Work Alternative Program, Day Reporting Center and Weekender Program. These programs will continue to operate as usual, with a daily screening regarding health issues before they are allowed to continue their work program.

Main Jail - 272

Adult Pre-Trial Facility - 384

Bob Wiley Detention Facility - 700

Men’s Correctional Facility - 362

Day Reporting Center /Sheriff’s Work Alternative Program/Weekender Program - varies 70 to 190

This information is also being provided to all inmates and will be posted at each location for the public.

 
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Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Attempt Home Invasion
LOCATION:  1700 block of W. Visalia Road, Exeter          DATE:  01-15-2014          TIME:  1334 HRS
CASE NUMBER:  14-636         VICTIM:  CONFIDENTIAL          CITY:  EXETER

1-15-14/1334hrs
Deputies were dispatched to a report of an attempt home invasion robbery. Upon arrival deputies contacted a male victim, who reported he was assaulted by multiple suspects.  When deputies arrived at the victim residence, they located the suspect vehicle exiting the driveway. The suspects led deputies on a short pursuit, ultimately crashing their vehicle into an orange grove. The suspects then abandoned their vehicle and fled into the orange grove. After a search of the area deputies were able to capture the suspect listed below:


Suspect: Michael Jump (34) booked into the Tulare County Mail Jail


Case under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office

 
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Wanted Individual Located
LOCATION:           DATE:           TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  14-157         VICTIM:           CITY: 

The subject has been located and contacted by the Tulare County Sheriff's Department. We would like to thank all those who sent in information regarding this case, and information and tips are no longer needed at this point in time.

 

PREVIOUS PRESS RELEASES:

 

WANTED FELON – PUBLIC ASSISTANCE REQUESTED

Thomas Nichols, age 49 of Terra Bella

Caucasian, Male

Brown hair, green yes

6’0” tall, weighs 200 pounds

Thomas Nichols is wanted in connection with this case for the following

H&S 11378 H&S, 

PC 1170.12(a)-(d)/f2 six counts, 

PC 1203(e)(4) six counts

Anyone who has information in regards to this person’s location please contact the Sheriff’s Department at 800-808-0488.

You can also send your information anonymously through the Sheriff’s TipNow program:

Text or Voicemail: 559-725-4194

Email: tcso@tipnow.com

 

Case Number:  14-157

Area Occurred:  26000 Block of Avenue 96, Terra Bella

Date and Time Occurred:  01/04/2014 - 0800 Hours

On 01/04/2014 Tulare County Sheriff Deputies from the Porterville Substation served a search warrant at a residence in the 26000 block of Avenue 96 in Terra Bella. Deputies located approximately 7 grams of methamphetamine packaged for sale, approximately 59 pounds of marijuana packaged for sale, packaging materials, digital scales, 5 firearms, a bullet proof vest, a large amount of ammunition and a large amount of narcotics paraphernalia. 

 

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

Photos available on the Sheriff's Flickr page at:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/tularecountysheriff/

 
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See Below
LOCATION:  200 Block of South Reservation Rd          DATE:  1-12-14          TIME:  1645 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  14-503         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY:  Porterville

 

Crime – 245 PC -     Assault with a Deadly Weapon

    21310 PC -   Possession of a Concealed Dirk/Dagger

    417 PC -     Brandishing a Weapon

    148(a)(1)PC- Resisting Arrest 

    3056 PC -      Parole Hold

Taken into custody were:

S-1: Lucio, Ricardo Garza (33 Years Old)

On 1/12/14 at approximately 1645 hours, deputies from the Tulare County Sheriff Department’s Porterville Substation responded to the 100 Block of North Reservation Road on the Tule Indian Reservation to assist Tule River Department of Public Safety (DPS) Officers regarding a male with a knife.

Upon arrival, deputies learned that DPS Officers had responded to the 200 Block of South Reservation Road regarding a male with a knife standing in the roadway.  Upon DPS Officers contacting the male, later identified as Ricardo Lucio (33 Years Old), he concealed the knife in his clothing.  Lucio then re-brandished the knife while taking a fighting stance toward DPS Officers.  DPS Officers attempted to take Lucio into custody, however, he fled into the river between North and South Reservation Roads.  Officers pursued Lucio who was later apprehended in the 100 Block of Reservation Road. 

Lucio, who was found to have an active Department of Correction Parole Warrant, was arrested and later 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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11550 HS- Under the Influence and 11350 Possession of a controlled substance
LOCATION:  300 block of East Clay          DATE:  1-12-14          TIME:  1721 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  14-507         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY:  Earlimart

On 1-12-14 at 1721 hours Deputies contacted Celistino Sanchez Martinez (45 years of age) during a traffic stop in the 300 block of East Clay Avenue in Earlimart.  During the contact Martinez was found to display symptomology consistent with drug use, and was arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance.

After his arrest Martinez was searched and found to be in possession of (15) bindles of cocaine, and a large sum of US currency.  Martinez was transported and booked into custody at Main Jail in Visalia.

 

The case remains under investigation by TCSO.     

 

 
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