21310 PC- Unlawful carrying and possession of weapons
LOCATION:  40400 block of Orosi Drive          DATE:  6-29-12          TIME:  2328 Hrs
CASE NUMBER:  12-8308         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY:  Cutler

On 6-29-12 at approximately 2328 hours Deputies from the Orosi Substation contacted a Hispanic male adult at the 40400 block of Orosi Drive, in Cutler, on a consensual encounter.  After contacting the subject he was found to be in possession of illegal weapons.  The male was later identified as Angel Gustavos Saavedra Maldonado.  Maldonado was arrested for P.C. 21310 and transported to TCMJ where he was booked for the above charges.

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

 

SUSPECT:  Angel Gustavos Saavedra Maldonado

AGE:         47

 
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Narcotics Arrest - Exeter
LOCATION:  300 blk of S. H          DATE:  06/27/12          TIME:  1030 hours
CASE NUMBER:  12-40101          VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

Suspect:    #1 Carmen Puga       Male Hispanic    Age:    27
City of Residence:     Exeter, Ca.
Suspect:    #2 Sarai Gamino Duran  Female Hispanic    Age:    24
City of Residence:     Exeter, Ca.

 

On 06/27/12 at approx 1030 Officers from the Exeter Police Department were in the 300 blk of S. “H” St regarding a complaint of marijuana cultivation and city code violations. When code enforcement officers arrived they noted marijuana being cultivated and contacted the Inter Agency Narcotics Enforcement Team to continue the investigation. A search warrant was served. The ensuing investigation and search revealed that Carmen Puga and Sari Gamino Duran were in possession of approximately two (2) pounds of marijuana packaged for sales, 180 marijuana plants being cultivated in the back yard, indicia related to the sale and transportation of marijuana, maintaining a residence for illicit narcotic sales, three (3) rifles and one (1) handgun were seized, as well as child endangerment. There were three (3) children in the residence under the age of ten (10) that were exposed to these activities. Also located within the residence were the items relating to a lab that indicated the extraction of THC from the marijuana plants. The lab was non operational. Illegal fireworks were located in the residence and released to Tulare County Fire Department Investigators for further investigation.

Both suspects booked at their respective Tulare County Jail facilities on the listed charges.
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department Narcotics Division/ INET  (559) 713-2950.

Photos available through the Main Jail.

 
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Arrest made on marijuana case
LOCATION:  24000 block of Ave 95          DATE:  06-26-12          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  12-60773         VICTIM:  State of CA          CITY:  Terra Bella

Detectives from the Sheriff’s Office STEP Team were conducting Medical Marijuana compliance checks in the Terra Bella area when the investigators were lead to a residence in the 24000 Blk of Ave 95.  The ensuing investigation revealed that Martin Torres Garcia was out of compliance with his medical marijuana recommendation and arrested for Cultivation of Marijuana, 126 marijuana plants were seized as well as indicia related to the cultivation of marijuana all under the guise of Medical Marijuana.

Garcia was booked at the Tulare County Main Jail on the above listed charges.
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department Narcotics Division (559) 713-2950.

Martin Torress Garcia, age 21 of Shingletown, CA

 
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assault with a deadly weapon 245 PC and participating in a gang crime 186.22 PC
LOCATION:  30600 Block Juniper          DATE:  6-26-12          TIME:  0005 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  12-08115          VICTIM:  Badillo, Kenny 31 years old          CITY:  Goshen

LOCATION:  30600 Block Juniper   DATE:  6-26-12     TIME:  0005 hrs CASE NUMBER:  12-08115 VICTIM:  Badillo, Kenny 31 years old   CITY:  Goshen

On the above date and time deputies were dispatched to Kaweah Delta Hospital for a report of a gun shot wound victim. They arrived and found the victim suffering from gunshot wound to the leg. He underwent surgery and is currently in stable condition.

During the investigation it was discovered the victim was in the front yard of a residence with several other subjects in the 30600 block of Juniper in Goshen. A gray Honda drove by and several rounds were fired at the subjects in the yard.

Deputies located the suspect vehicle a few blocks away in the 6600 block of Ave 308 and a search warrant was written for the residence. Three suspects were taken into custody and booked on charges of assault with a deadly weapon 245 PC and participating in a gang crime 186.22 PC. The two adults were booked at the Tulare County Main Jail. The juvenile was booked at the Tulare County Juvenile Detention Facility.

Anyone information should call Detective Richard Ramirez at (559) 733-6218 or send anonymous information by sending a text message or email to TCSO@tipnow.com or call 1-800-TIPNOW.  

SUSPECT INFORMATION:
S-1 Delgado, Luis Miguel, 18 years old, Goshen
S-2 Morales, Michael, 18 years old, Woodlake,
S-3 Male Juvenile, 16 years old, Goshen

 
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11377-Possession of a controlled substance
LOCATION:  Road 120/Ave 432          DATE:  6-23-12          TIME:  2143 Hrs
CASE NUMBER:  12-8032         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY:  Orosi

Deputies from the Tulare County Sheriff's Dept. conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle and during the consent search of the vehicle,  Deputies located methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia inside the vehicle. The driver was taken into custody and booked at the Tulare County Jail Facility. 

 

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

 

Taken into custody were:

Jorge Martinez - 24 yrs

 

 

 

Charges:  HS 11377, HS 11364 

 
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11360 HS, 11359 HS-Transportation and Sales of Marijuana
LOCATION:  Road 159/Ave 327          DATE:  6-21-12          TIME:  1703 Hrs
CASE NUMBER:  12-80098         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY:  Ivanhoe

On Thursday, 6-21-12 at about 5:03 pm, personnel from the Tulare County Sheriff Department’s Gang Unit made an enforcement stop upon a vehicle for a moving violation in the area of Road 159 and Avenue 327 in Ivanhoe.  

Through further investigation, detectives located about two pounds of processed marijuana, approximately 100 marijuana cigarettes, numerous “pay/owe” records and some packaging materials all within the vehicle. 

Dora White (50 years) was then arrested for the transportation and sales of marijuana without incident and subsequently booked into the Bob Wiley Detention Facility. 

Anyone with 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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Cultivation of Marijuana/ Possession of Marijuana for Sales
LOCATION:  Dinuba, Ca.          DATE:  06/21/2012          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  BI-CT-2012-0         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

Suspect #1  Rosendo Pacheco                52 yrs                  Dinuba, Ca

                     Charges: 11358/ 11359 H&S  182 PC 12035 PC 12022 PC 273(a) PC

Suspect #2  Beatrice Pacheco                 32 yrs                  Dinuba, Ca

                     Charges: 11359 H&S 273(a) PC

Suspect #3  Julio Pacheco                     21 yrs                  Dinuba, Ca.
                    Charges: 11358/ 11359 H&S  182 PC  148 PC
Suspect #4 Hector Rodriguez                22 yrs                  Dinuba, Ca.
                     Charges:  11358/ 11359 H&S  182 PC  148 PC
Suspect #5 Leonardo Pacheco               21 yrs                   Dinuba, Ca.
                     Charges: 11358/ 11359 H&S  182 PC  148 PC

After an approximate six (6) month investigation into illegal sales and cultivation of Marijuana trafficking in the unincorporated Dinuba area, investigators from the Sheriff’s Department’s STEP Team and Central Valley Marijuana Investigation Team (CVMIT) were lead to a residence in the 41600 Blk of RD 68 where a search warrant was served.  The ensuing investigation and search revealed approximately 100 pounds of processed marijuana,  1500 live Marijuana plants being cultivated, a stolen handgun was recovered, another handgun and a shotgun were also seized and indicia related to the sales and Cultivation of Marijuana,. The Marijuana plants being cultivated under the guise of Medical Marijuana.
There were several children present and exposed to the activities at the residences and the weapons were with in reach of the children.

The suspects were booked at the respective Tulare County Jail facilities on the  listed charges.
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department Narcotics Division (559) 713-2950.

Photos available through the Main Jail.

 
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Arrests Made on Narcotics Case
LOCATION:  1600 block of N. Goddard, Visalia          DATE:  06-20-11          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  12-70095         VICTIM:  State of CA          CITY:  Visalia

After an approximate two (2) week investigation into illegal narcotics trafficking in the Visalia area, investigators from the Sheriff’s Department’s Narcotics Division were lead to a residence in the 1600 Blk of N. Goddard where a search warrant was served.  The ensuing investigation and search revealed that the listed suspects were in possession of approximately 2.11 ounces of Methamphetamine, 1.25 ounces of Marijuana, indicia related to the sale of illegal narcotics, maintaining a residence for illicit narcotic sales, destruction of evidence, delaying an officer as well as child endangerment and a felon in possession of ammunition.

Richard Frausto Medina, age 29 of Visalia: 11377/ 11378/ 11379/ 11366 H&S 135 PC/ 273(a) PC/ 148 PC 30305 PC
Yvette Leyba, age 30 of Visalia: 11377/ 11378/ 11366 H&S 148 PC 273(a) PC

All suspects booked at their respective Tulare County Jail facilities on the listed charges.

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

 
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WANTED FOR QUESTIONING
LOCATION:  1600 block of S. Crestview, Porterville          DATE:  06-11-12          TIME:  1219
CASE NUMBER:  12-07456         VICTIM:  N/A          CITY:  Porterville

On 6-11-12 at 1219 hrs, Deputies responded to a residential burglary in the 1600 block of S. Crestview in Porterville. 

The investigation revealed Jose Martinez and Dustin Sheldon committed a burglary at the residence.  They were confronted by a neighbor and fled in an older model red Jeep Cherokee.  The vehicle crashed just south of the scene, rolling over, but landed upright and resumed its flight.  The vehicle became disabled at Plano and H190, where Dustin Sheldon and Jose Martinez were seen with the vehicle.  Jose Martinez fled, but Dustin Sheldon was contacted and detained near the vehicle.  The ensuing investigation has also linked Jose Martinez and Dustin Sheldon to a burglary which occurred in the 20000 block of Rd 256 in the Strathmore area on 6-10-11.

Jose Martinez is currently wanted for questioning on several burglaries in county areas. Any one with information is encouraged to contact Det. Joe Rodriguez or Sgt. Jim Mckay at T.C.S.O. South County Property Crimes Office (559)782-9674.

24 hours (559) 733-6211
Toll Free (800) 808-0488

You may also send an anonymous tip to the Sheriff's TipNow Program.  You can send a voicemail, text or e-mail to (559) 725-4194  tcso@tipnow.com

Photo of Jose Martinez available  at: 
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tularecountysheriff/7408870820/in/photostream                              

 
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245PC/422PC/148PC/2800.1CVC
LOCATION:  200 block of N Thompson Tipto          DATE:  06/19/12          TIME:  1745 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  12-7807          VICTIM:  Rodriguez, Martha          CITY:  Tipton

Narrative:

Suspect: Rodriguez, Andy 10/14/87

At the aforementioned mentioned time, deputies were dispatched to a residence in the 200 block of North Thompson Street in Tipton regarding a subject who was threatening to kill his mother. Upon arrival they learned that the suspect had attempted to strike the victim in the head with a brick, but she was able to move out of the way, escaping injury. The suspect then fled the area in his vehicle. Utilizing support from the Sheriff's Air Unit, the suspect's vehicle was discovered near the town of Woodville. A traffic stop was initiated, however the suspect refused to stop leading deputies on a short pursuit. The suspect eventually abandoned his vehicle and fled on foot. Again the Sheriff's air patrol directed ground personnel to a location where the suspect was eventually apprehended by members of the Sheriff's K9 unit.

 
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Arrest made on narcotics case
LOCATION:  16800 Blk of Theresa, Farmersville          DATE:  06-19-12          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  12-60772         VICTIM:  Stae of CA          CITY:  Farmersville

Eufemio Gonzalez, age 45 of Shingletown, CA

After an approximate six (6) week investigation into illegal narcotics and cultivation of Marijuana trafficking in the unincorporated Farmersville/ Visalia area, investigators from the Sheriff’s Department’s STEP Team were lead to a residence in the 16800 Blk of Theresa where a search warrant was served.  The ensuing investigation and search revealed that Eufemio Gonzalez of Shingletown, Ca.  was in possession of approximately 200 pounds of unprocessed marijuana, 40 pounds of processed Marijuana ,8 ounces of concentrated Cannabis and indicia related to the sale and transportation of Marijuana,. There were 385 Marijuana plants being cultivated at the time all under the guise of Medical Marijuana.

Gonzalez was booked at the Tulare County Main Jail on the above listed charges.
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department Narcotics Division (559) 713-2950.

Photos available through the Main Jail.

 
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PC 594(b), Vandalism
LOCATION:  12400 block Avenue 416          DATE:  06-17-12          TIME:  0730
CASE NUMBER:  12-7701         VICTIM:  Benavidez, Consuelo          CITY: 

On 6/17/2012 at 0730 hours deputies responded to the 12400 block of Avenue 416 regarding a report of a vandalism following a dispute over property. The victim reported that Mario Delacruz, her ex-boyfriend, had smashed her vehicle with a block of concrete, shattering windows and causing body damage estimated at $1000.
Mario Delacruz was arrested at the scene and booked on charges for vandalism.

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

Taken into custody were:    Delacruz, Mario 27 yrs

 

 
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11377(a)-Possession of Methamphetamine
LOCATION:  26000 block of Ave 138          DATE:  06-16-12          TIME:  1815 Hrs
CASE NUMBER:  12-7687         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY:  Porterville

On 06-16-12 deputies contacted a female subject at a residence in the 26000 Block of Ave 138, Porterville during a felony warrant service. The female was contacted during the warrant service on another female and was found to be in possession of  Methamphetamine. Female was arrested HS 11377(a) Possession of Methamphetamine and booked at the Bob Wiley Detention Facility. 

 

Case under investigation by T.C.S.O. 

 

 

 
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11377(a)-Possession of Methamphetamine
LOCATION:  26000 block of Ave 138          DATE:  6-16-12          TIME:  1815 Hrs
CASE NUMBER:  12-7679         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY:  Porterville

On 06-16-12 deputies contacted a female subject at a residence in the 26000 Block of Ave 138, Porterville who was wanted on a Felony and Misdemeanor warrants. The female was located in the residence hiding. In addition to the Felony and Misdemeanor warrants, The female was also arrested for new charges of HS 11377(a) Possession of Methamphetamine and booked at the Bob Wiley Detention Facility. 

 

Case under investigation by T.C.S.O. 

 

 
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30305(A), 496(a) Felon in poss of ammunition and stolen property
LOCATION:  26000 block of Ave 138          DATE:  6-17-12          TIME:  0100 Hrs
CASE NUMBER:  12-7696         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY:  Porterville

On 06-17-12 deputies contacted a male subject at a residence in the 26000 Block of Ave 138, Porterville during a suspicious vehicle incident. The male subject in the vehicle was later determined to be a convicted felon who was in possession of approximately six boxes of ammunition. The male subject was also in possession of six EBT cards not belonging to him that had previously been deactivated and reported as lost or stolen. The male subject was arrested and booked at the Porterville Substation.  

 

Case under investigation by T.C.S.O. 

 

 
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187 PC-Homicide Suspect Arrested
LOCATION:  Road 144/Ave 424          DATE:  2006          TIME:  2200 Hrs
CASE NUMBER:  06-15928         VICTIM:  Aqulino Moreno          CITY:  Goshen

Suspect: Cruz Barajas 30 years old, resident of Orosi  

 

 

 

On 6/16/12 at approximately 2200 hours, Tulare County Sheriff Office Gang Suppression Unit conducted a traffic stop in the area of Rd 144 and Ave 424 in Orosi. Detectives subsequently contacted the driver Cruz Barajas who was wanted in connection to a 2006 murder of Aqulino Moreno. During the 2006 incident, the victim had been shot while attending a wedding in the 30700 Block of Rd 71 in Goshen. Cruz was arrested and booked at the Tulare County Main Jail on murder charges. 

 

 

 

The incident is still under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department.  Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Detective Jose Torres from the Violent Crimes Unit at (559)733-6218.  

 

 

 
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597 PC- Animal Cruelty
LOCATION:  800 block of West Compton          DATE:  6-15-12          TIME:  2050 Hrs
CASE NUMBER:  12-7650         VICTIM:  Three yr old canine          CITY:  Pixley

On 6-15-12 at about 8:50 pm, deputies from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department were dispatched to the 800 block of West Compton in Pixley for a report of a canine that had been shot with a firearm.  Through investigation, it was learned that a next door neighbor, identified as Edgar Mora (22 years) had become irritated with his neighbors three year old canine, at which time he shot it with a pellet gun causing injury to its neck.  Tulare County Animal Control also responded to the scene and took possession of the dog for transport to a veterinary clinic for treatment.  Mora was arrested without incident for cruelty to an animal and booked into the Sheriff’s Porterville substation.

 

 Anyone with 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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11377 HS
LOCATION:  Road 159/Azalea          DATE:  06-15-12          TIME:  1615 Hrs
CASE NUMBER:  12-80093         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY:  Ivanhoe

On 6-15-12 at about 4:15 pm, personnel from the Tulare County Sheriff Departments Gang Unit made an enforcement stop upon a vehicle for a moving violation at Road 159 and Azalea in Ivanhoe, Ca.  During the investigation, suspect Jaime Lopez (36 years) was found to be in possession of a small amount of purported methamphetamine.  Lopez was arrested without incident and booked into the Tulare County main jail.

 

Anyone with 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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11377 HS, 11364 HS, 11550 HS
LOCATION:  Chinowith/Goshen Ave          DATE:  6-14-12          TIME:  1330 Hrs
CASE NUMBER:  12-80092         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY:  Visalia

On 6-14-12 at about 1:30 pm, personnel from the Tulare County Sheriff Departments Gang Unit stopped a vehicle for a moving violation on Goshen Avenue near Chinowth and made contact with Kabarega Frazier (31 years).  Through investigation, Frazier was found to be in possession of a small amount of suspected methamphetamine, narcotic paraphernalia and also under the influence of a controlled substance.   Frazier was arrested and booked into the Tulare County main jail without incident.  

 

Anyone with 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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Arrests Made on Narcotics Case
LOCATION:  22900 BLock of Road 46          DATE:  06-15-12          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  12-70091         VICTIM:  State of CA          CITY:  Tulare

After an approximate four (4) week investigation into illegal narcotics trafficking in the unincorporated Tulare area, investigators from the Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division were lead to a residence in the 22900 Blk of Rd 46 where a search warrant was served.  The ensuing investigation and search revealed that Lonnie Howard was in possession of approximately 7.8 grams of Methamphetamine, 78.3 grams of Marijuana, indicia related to the sale and transportation of illegal narcotics, maintaining a residence for illicit narcotic sales as well as a sum of cash was seized.

Noel Orosco was located at the residence and found to be in possession of .05 grams of methamphetamine, indicia related to the use of illicit narcotics and under the influence of controlled substance, when contacted by Detectives he attempted to destroy the evidence.

Lonnie Howard, age 68 of Tulare: 11377/ 11378/ 11379/ 11366/ 11357(c) H&S
Noel Orosco, age 45 of Tulare: 11377/ 11364/ 11550 H&S 136 PC

All suspects were booked at the Tulare County Main Jail on the listed charges.

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

Photos available through the Main Jail.

 
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Detective seek help to ID homicide victim
LOCATION:  Ave 72 and Road 140          DATE:  06-10-12          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  12-7402         VICTIM:  Unidentified Adult Female          CITY:  Unknown

UPDATE:

Detectives are asking for public assistance in identifying a homicide victim.

On 6-10-12 at approx. 0858 hrs, Deputies were dispatched to the area of Ave 72 and Rd 140 in Teviston, regarding a burnt body found near a field.  The victim had been found by a farm employee working in the area.

The victim is described as a female of unknown race, likely between 25 and 40 years of age. The victim had black or dark brown hair. She was approximately 4’11” in height. She had expensive dental work including braces on her teeth and she had breast augmentation.

The victim was located in a very rural area, 1 ½ miles due east of State Route 99, near the Avenue 72 off ramp, just outside of Teviston.

It is believed the victim would not have been reported missing any longer than 30 days before the body was found.

Anyone with information regarding this case, is encouraged to phone Det. Torres or Det. Ramirez at (559) 733-6218 or toll free at (800) 808-0488. Anonymous tips can be sent by text, voicemail or email to tcso@tipnow.com or (559) 725-4194.

 
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Arrest made on narcotics case
LOCATION:  100 Block of N. Filbert, Exeter          DATE:  06-14-12          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  12-40088         VICTIM:  State of CA          CITY:  Exeter

On 06-14-12 the Tulare County Inter Agency Narcotic Enforcement Team, consisting of personnel from Lindsay P.D., Exeter P.D., Farmersville P.D. and the Tulare County Sheriff's Office concluded a three week narcotic investigation by serving a narcotic search warrant in the 100 block of N. Filbert in the city of Exeter. Detectives secured the residence and detained one adult. Detectives searched the property and located a small amount of methamphetamine and a small amount of marijuana.

Suspect Gonzalez, Eduardo Moreno was arrested, transported and booked into the Tulare County Main Jail Facility for the following charges:

11377 H&S                 Possession of a controlled substance
11357 b H&S              Possession of processed marijuana (less than 28 grams)

 

This case is still under investigation.

 
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Cultivation of Marijuana - Possession for Sale
LOCATION:  36500 block of Road 197, Woodlake          DATE:  06-14-12          TIME:  1030 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  12-7453         VICTIM:  Stae of CA          CITY:  Woodlake

On 6/14/12 at 0700 hrs. Detectives from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department S.T.E.P. Unit responded to the above listed location for the service of a marijuana search warrant. Detectives became aware of the scene after Patrol Officers were sent to the location on an unrelated case.

Upon arrival no subjects were at the residence, however detectives found that several sheds and out buildings had been converted into a large indoor marijuana grow operation. The buildings had been heavily fortified. The operation was very sophisticated utilizing hydroponics, air conditioners, CO2 generator’s and grow lights on timers. Detectives found a multi stage operation with various rooms set-up for all stages of the life cycle from fully budded down to new clones. 690 live marijuana plants were located within the various grow rooms. The plant cycles were setup in such a way as to allow harvesting of approx.. 100 plants on a monthly basis. On this type of Indoor grow each plant would yield approx. ½ pound of processed marijuana from each of the 100 plants.  High potency marijuana of the types being grown in this operation would have a street value in excess of $4,000 per pound

Further investigation found that the suspects had by-passed the electrical meter and were stealing power to run the lighting and environmental systems. It was estimated by Edison employees that a grow operation this extensive would use in excess of $75,000 in power per year. Additional charges are pending for the theft of electricity that had been stolen through this operation.

No medical marijuana cards were located at the scene. Suspects are outstanding. Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact Det. Holguin at the S.T.E.P. unit at 800-808-0488.

You may also send information anonymously through the Sheriff's TipNow program.  Call, text or e-mail your information to 559-725-4194, tcso@tipnow.com .

Picture available:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tularecountysheriff/7187956117/in/photostream

 
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Cultivation of Marijuana
LOCATION:  Road 244 at Avenue 200          DATE:  06-11-12          TIME:  1000
CASE NUMBER:  12-7449         VICTIM:  State of CA          CITY:  Strathmore

Tulare County Sheriff's Deputies from the Porterville Substation Patrol Division were called to the area of Road 244 and Avenue 200 in Strathmore regarding a clandestine marijuana growing operation.  The illegal marijuana was discovered by the property owner during an inspection of the ten acre property. The owner was confronted by an unidentified Hispanic male adult who was tending the marijuana plants. This individual stated he had permission to be on the property and demanded the owner leave. When the actual owner corrected him, the individual fled the scene on foot.

During the investigation, Deputies contacted adjacent property owners who all provided statements that they were unaware of the concealed marijuana grow site. Deputies eradicated 300 marijuana plants in various stages of growth and maturity. If processed, the marijuana would have an estimated street value of approximately $1,000.000. Deputies also had to contend with a large pitbull which was tethered within the grow. The dog was removed by Tulare County Animal Control Officers.

This case is being investigated by the Tulare County Sheriff's Department. Anyone with additional information is asked to contact the Porterville Substation.

 
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11359 HS, 11378 HS, 11377 HS, 11351 HS, 11350 HS and a felony warrant
LOCATION:  400 block of North Arroyo Visalia, Ca.          DATE:  6-13-12          TIME:  1330 hours
CASE NUMBER:  12-80091         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

On 6-13-12 at about 1:30 pm, personnel from the Tulare County Sheriff Department’s Gang Violence Suppression Unit responded to a residence in the 400 block of north Arroyo Visalia to serve a felony arrest warrant upon a man identified as Jim Sanchez (43 years).

Personnel arrested Sanchez for the warrant without incident and also located about one ounce of cocaine, a quarter ounce of methamphetamine, several pounds of marijuana, a scale, “pay/owe” records and more than $10,000 in U.S. currency, which was seized for asset forfeiture proceedings.  Sanchez was later booked into the Tulare County main jail with bail set at $70,000. 
 
Anyone with 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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459 pc (Burglary)
LOCATION:  Cutler          DATE:  June 13th          TIME:  1240 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  12-7547         VICTIM:  Sanchez, Maria          CITY:  Cutler

On the above date and time Detectives from the Tulare County Sheriff’s North End Investigations Unit responded to the 12000 block of Ave 400 in Cutler regarding a report of an interrupted burglary. While en route to the scene Detectives were advised two Hispanic male suspects had fired multiple shots at the scene; however none of the residents were injured as a result of the assault. A family member had fired one round in return at the suspect’s vehicle. The suspects fled the scene prior to Deputies arrival. The case is currently under investigation by the Tulare County North End Investigations Unit. Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Detective Gary Marks at (559)733-6218.

 
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Suspicious Package
LOCATION:  2000 block of East Mariposa, Kingsburg (Tulare County)          DATE:  06-12-12          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  12-7517         VICTIM:  Confidential per 964 PC          CITY:  Kingsburg

Narrative:

On 06-12-12 at approximately 1400 hours the reporting party returned home from work and discovered a suspicious package next to a recreational vehicle. Tulare County Sheriff’s Office was contacted and Deputies responded to the residence.

Deputies arrived on scene and contacted area neighbors who had no information about the suspicious package. Assistance of the Tulare County Consolidated Explosive Ordinance Disposal Unit was requested.

The EOD Unit responded and examined the suspicious package and determined that it was not a hazardous device. The suspicious package was found to contain decals for the recreational vehicle. During the investigation it was learned that the prior owner of the recreational vehicle had located the extra decals and left the package for the current owner, the reporting party.

The Tulare County Consolidated Explosive 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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Marijuana Cultivation Case
LOCATION:  Badger CA          DATE:  06-11-12          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  12-60708         VICTIM:  State of CA          CITY:  Badger CA

On 6/11/12 detectives from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department S.T.E.P. unit and Narcotics Unit responded to a wilderness area near Badger in regards to a large marijuana garden. This garden had been located on a routine over flight earlier in the month. The marijuana was planted among native vegetation and under trees in an attempt to camouflage it from the air and any passers-by.

Suspects in the grow site fled into heavy brush and thick forest surrounding the location as officers approached. A search of the immediate area was conducted with negative results. Detectives found a sophisticated growing operation utilizing drip irrigation. A natural spring had been dammed and diverted to provide water for the grow site.

 An extensive campsite and firearms were found and processed for evidence. A total of 8,537 marijuana plants were eradicated from the site. If allowed to grow to maturity these plants would have produced in excess of 8,500 pounds of processed bud. If sold to dispensaries or on the streets the total value of the crop would be in excess of $25,000,000. Also located were rat poison, various insecticides and fertilizers used to spray the plants.

This case is still under investigation by the TCSO STEP Unit.

 

Picture available:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/tularecountysheriff/7366851202/in/photostream

 
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Humane Society News Release
LOCATION:  Goshen Area          DATE:  06-12-12          TIME:  0700 hrs
CASE NUMBER:           VICTIM:           CITY: 

(NEWS RELEASE FROM HUMANE SOCIETY OF THE UNITED STATES)

Suspected California Cockfighting Operation Raided

The Humane Society of the United States Assists in Investigation and Rescue of 388 Birds, Seizure of More Than 1,100 Cockfighting Knives

 (June 12, 2012) -- The Humane Society of the United States’ Animal Rescue Team assisted the Tulare County Animal Control in a cockfighting investigation and raid in Visalia, Ca., resulting in the arrest of two suspected cockfighters and the seizure of 388 birds. Suspected cockfighting paraphernalia was also found on the property, including more than 1,100 cockfighting knives; making this the largest seizure of cockfighting knives in U.S. history. The Tulare County Sheriff’s Office was also on scene to assist with the raid.

 Juan Carlos Gonzalez and his wife, Leticia Aguilar Gonzalez, were arrested and each charged with 1,107 counts of possession of animal fighting paraphernalia, conspiracy and multiple other charges related to cockfighting. Juan Carlos Gonzalez is a confirmed U.S. distributer for Sanchez-Mendoza, a Mexico-based company suspected of selling cockfighting paraphernalia.

 "Aggressive investigation of allegations of animal fighting is essential to maintaining community safety," said Eric Sakach, senior law enforcement specialist for The HSUS. "We are grateful for the leadership of the Tulare County Animal Control and the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office for their dedication to this case."

 "Animal fighting has no place in Tulare County," said Paul Grensemen, manager of Tulare County Health & Human Services Animal Control Shelter. "Abuse of this nature attracts additional elements of criminal activity and only serves to compound already unethical and illegal conduct. We're pleased to work with The Humane Society of the United States and the Tulare County Sheriff's Department in the eradication of animal fighting in Tulare County."

The HSUS assisted law enforcement in examining and documenting the birds on the scene. Experts from The HSUS and the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office were on hand to help identify and document evidence and coordinate the rescue effort.

Facts

·         Cockfighting is outlawed in all 50 states and is punished as a felony in 40.

·         Cockfighting is a felony in California, but only on second offense.

·         The HSUS offers rewards of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of any person involved in illegal animal fighting. The HSUS asks anyone with information about animal fighting criminals to call 877-TIP-HSUS (877-847-4787). Tipsters' identities are protected. 

*Video and photos from the scene available upon request

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Media Contact: Katie Jarl, 301-258-1483, kjarl@humanesociety.org

Follow The HSUS on Twitter. See our work for animals on your iPhone by searching "HumaneTV" in the App Store.

The Humane Society of the United States is the nation's largest animal protection organization — backed by 11 million Americans, or one of every 28. For more than a half-century, The HSUS has been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education and hands-on programs. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty — On the Web at humanesociety.org. 

 
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** UPDATE ON HOMICIDE VICTIM **
LOCATION:  Ave 72 and Rd 140 Earlimart          DATE:           TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  12-7402         VICTIM:  Unidentified Adult Female          CITY: 

On 6-11-12 an autopsy was conducted. The cause of death is undetermined, The victim remains unidentified at this time.

Anyone with information regarding this case, is encouraged to phone Det. Torres or Sgt. Hunt at (559) 733-6218 or toll free at (800) 808-0488. Anonymous tip can be given at  tcso@tipnow.com or (559) 725-4194.

 
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187 PC (Murder)
LOCATION:  Ave 72 and Rd 140 Earlimart          DATE:  06-10-12          TIME:  0858 hours
CASE NUMBER:  12-7402         VICTIM:  Unidentified Adult Female          CITY: 

Victim: Unidentified Adult Female

Suspect: Unknown 

On 6-10-12 at approx. 0858 hrs, Deputies were dispatched to the area of Ave 72 and Rd 140 Earlimart,  regarding a deceased person found in a field.  The deceased person had been found by a farm employee working in the area.

 Deputies arrived on scene and discovered a burnt body.  The victim was subsequently transported to the Tulare County Morgue for an autopsy and an investigation by the Violent Crimes Division. Determination of death is pending an autopsy.



 Anyone with information regarding this case, is encouraged to phone Det. Torres or Sgt. Hunt at (559) 733-6218 or toll free at (800) 808-0488. Anonymous tip can be given at  tcso@tipnow.com or (559) 725-4194.

 
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207PC/Kidnapping
LOCATION:  7200 Block of Ave 306 Goshen          DATE:  06-09-12          TIME:  0721
CASE NUMBER:  12-7355         VICTIM:           CITY: 

Victim: 34 year of old female, resident of Goshen Ca
 Suspect: Richard Molano 43 years old, resident of San Jose    

 

On 6/9/12 at approximately 0721 hours, Tulare County Sheriff Deputies were dispatched to the 7200 Block of Ave 306 in Goshen in regards to kidnapping. Deputies arrived on scene and contacted witnesses who advised the female victim had been kidnapped by a former boyfriend Richard Molano.

Detectives with the Violent Crimes Unit responded to the scene and took over the investigation. The suspect was later found in the Goshen area where he was taking into custody. The female victim was also located and found to be uninjured. The suspect was arrested and later booked at the Tulare County Main Jail for kidnapping and parole violation.  

The incident is still under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department.  Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Detectives in the Violent Crimes Unit at (559)733-6218.

 
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Arrests Made on Narcotics Case
LOCATION:  20400 Blk of Ave 256, Exeter          DATE:  06-08-12          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  12-70060         VICTIM:  State of CA          CITY:  Exeter CA

Suspect 1: Heath Youngblood, age 39 of Exeter

Suspect 2: Jennerfer Youngblood, age 33 of Exeter

After an approximate four (4) month investigation into illegal narcotics trafficking in the unincorporated area of Exeter, investigators from the Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division were lead to a residence in the 20400 Blk of Ave 256 where a search warrant was served.  The ensuing investigation and search revealed approximately .5 grams of Methamphetamine, 1.5 pounds of processed marijuana, 28 live Marijuana plants and indicia related to the use of illegal narcotics as well a controlled substance. The residence was deemed uninhabitable and three children ages 14, 10 and 8 yrs old were taken into protective custody. The narcotics located during the search warrant were within reach of the children, wich added the child endangerment charges to the case. The children were released to the care of Tulare County CWS and both suspects were booked at their respective facilities within the Tulare County Jail system for the listed charges.

Photo for suspects available through the Main Jail.

 
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459 pc (Burglary)
LOCATION:  Kingsburg          DATE:  June 6th          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  12-7206         VICTIM:  Stan Weist          CITY: 

Narrative:

 

On the above date and time Deputies from the Orosi substation responded to the 5000 block of Ave 400 in Kingsburg regarding a report of a burglary. Upon arrival Deputies contacted the victim who reported unknown person(s) had made forced entry into the residence and removed a gas stove. During the course of the investigation Deputies located and arrested three males who committed the burglary. The gas stove was subsequently recovered. The three males were booked into the Tulare County Main jail without incident

Taken into custody were

1) Rodriguez, Edward 31 Years of age San Bernadino Resident

2) Rubledo, Albert 37 Years of age Dinuba Resident

3) Galindo, Zachaeus 52 Years of age Dinuba Resident

 
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Search and Rescue
LOCATION:           DATE:  06-05-12          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  12-7180         VICTIM:  Confidential          CITY:  San Jose

On 06-05-12 at approximately 1850 hours the Tulare County Sheriffs Department was informed of 4 missing back packers in the Jenny Lake area up above Badger Mountain. Tulare County Search and Rescue personnel along with the Mounted Patrol and SMR (Sequoia Mountain Rescue) were dispatched to the area at approximately 0230 hours on the morning of 06-06-12. All four subjects were located at approximately 0930 this morning by rescue searchers on the ground. All four are in good condition and are being escorted out by the rescue team.

 
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245 PC -Assault with a deadly weapon
LOCATION:  10400 block of Ave 416          DATE:  6-3-12          TIME:  1820 Hrs
CASE NUMBER:  12-7074         VICTIM:  Confidential per 2923 PC          CITY:  Sultana

On 06/03/12, at 1820 hours, Tulare County Sheriff Deputies responded to the 10400 block of Avenue 416, Sultana regarding an assault with a deadly weapon.

   Upon arrival, Deputies located the male victim with a stab wound to his body.  They further learned that while the victim was at this location, he was confronted by two Hispanic male adults.  It was reported an altercation occurred and the victim was stabbed.  The two suspects fled on foot to an unknown location.

   Once the victim was located, he was contacted by EMS and transported to Kaweah Delta District Hospital and found to be in critical condition, though he is currently in stable condition.

 

   This case is still being investigated by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department.  Anyone with information to this case is encouraged to contact Detective J. Kennedy of North End Investigations at 559-735-1898 or 1-800-808-0488.  You can remain anonymous.  

 
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Numerous***See below***
LOCATION:  7100 block of Ave 308          DATE:  6-1-12          TIME:  1810 Hrs
CASE NUMBER:  See below         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY:  Goshen

Case Number: 12-80086, 12-80087

Crime: 11377 HS, 29900 PC, 29800(e) PC, 30305(a) PC, 148 PC, 186.22 PC  Possession of a controlled substance, felony possession of a firearm with prior conviction, ex-felon in possession of a firearm, person prohibited from possessing ammunition, obstruction of justice and criminal street gang activity 

On 6-01-12 at about 6:10 pm, personnel with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department’s Gang Violence Suppression Unit responded to a residence in the 7100 block of Avenue 308 in Goshen to check a subject based on the terms and conditions set forth by probation.
During the investigation, a loaded handgun was located, along with personal body armor and a small amount of purported methamphetamine.  Angel Uriarte (24 years) was arrested for felony possession of a firearm, being an ex-felon in possession of a firearm, illegal ammunition possession, obstruction of justice and criminal street gang activity with bail set at $40,000.00.  Carlos Villarreal (33 years) was arrested at the scene for possession of a controlled substance with bail set at $20,000.00. 
 
Anyone with 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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Poss of a loaded/concealed firearm and poss of a loaded firearm while under the influence
LOCATION:  1200 block of West Kern          DATE:  6-1-12          TIME:  1900 Hrs
CASE NUMBER:  12-90080         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY:  Tulare

On 6-01-12 at about 7:00 pm, personnel with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department’s Gang Violence Suppression Unit were working in conjunction with members from the Tulare Police Department due to a recent increase in gang violence and contacted a group of individuals in the 1200 block of W. Kern Tulare, Ca.

 

While there, detectives made contact with Michael Rubalcaba (35 years) and discovered him to illegally be in possession of a concealed loaded handgun while under the influence of a controlled substance.  Rubalcaba was subsequently arrested and booked into the Tulare County main jail with bail set at $35,000.00 

 

Anyone with 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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245 PC-Assault with a deadly weapon, 186.22- Criminal street gang activity
LOCATION:  Crestview/Oak          DATE:  06-01-12          TIME:  1930 Hrs
CASE NUMBER:  12--6994         VICTIM:  Undisclosed male 26 yrs old          CITY:  Porterville

 

On 6-01-12 at about 7:30 pm, an undisclosed (26 year old) male was leaving the Hillcrest Cemetery in Porterville by vehicle and was contacted by two unknown suspects at the north entrance.  One of the two suspects produced a firearm and began shooting, which caused injury to the victim and damage to his vehicle.  The victim drove to a nearby area hospital where he was treated and later released with non life threatening injuries.  The suspects fled the scene on bicycles to an unknown area.

 

The case remains under investigation by the department’s gang violence suppression unit.

 

Anyone with 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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Numerous Arrests Regarding Marijuana Cases
LOCATION:  Various          DATE:  Various          TIME:  Various
CASE NUMBER:  Various         VICTIM:           CITY:  Various

5/18/12 Multiple search warrants were served in the community of Allensworth.

TCSO Case #12-60728
8200 blk of Ave. 32, Allensworth
S-1 Sandoval, Francisco 47 yoa, Pixley, Ca. - HS 11358, PC 12022.53
S-2 Ocampo, Rigoberto Montes 62 yoa, Pixley Ca., - HS 11358, PC 12022.53
S-3 Peguero, Wilson 21 yoa, Sylmar, Ca., - HS 11358, PC 12022.53, ICE hold

Upon service of the warrant the subsequent investigation revealed that the suspects had valid medical recommendations; however they were growing over the number of plants needed for their legitimate medical needs. The investigation also found the suspects were selling their excess marijuana to various dispensaries and on the street.

Case number 12-60744
8500 blk of Ave 36., Allensworth
S-1 Jose Cruz Sanchez Chaides 47 yoa, Mexico, - 11358 H&S, ICE hold.

Upon arrival at this location the above listed suspect was found tending the grow site. Subsequent investigation revealed that the suspects had valid medical recommendations; however they were growing over the number of plants needed for their legitimate medical needs. This case is still under investigation

Case # 12-60746
3200 blk of Young Rd. Allensworth,
S-1 Sylvia Macedo, 42 yoa, Allensworth, Ca – 11358 H&S, 135 PC

Upon service of the warrant the subsequent investigation revealed that the suspects had valid medical recommendations; however they were growing over the number of plants needed for their legitimate medical needs. It was also discovered that the above listed suspect had attempted to destroy the excess marijuana plants when she observed detectives in her neighborhood serving another marijuana search warrant. She had her minor child assist her in this evidence destruction. The pulled plants were discovered hidden in her vehicle. (543) marijuana plants were eradicated from this location. If allowed to mature each plant could produce product with a street value in excess of  $2,172,000. Several suspects are still outstanding. This case is still under investigation

Case # 12-60756
8100 blk of Ave. 39, Allensworth, Ca.
S1 Gerardo Peralta  35 yoa, Mexico  11358 H&S, ICE Hold

This location was checked as part of a routine compliance check in the Allensworth area. The above listed suspect was contacted at an earlier grow site, found to be undocumented and had been detained by Immigration officers for immediate deportation. Grows on this property were separated into several blocks. 250 marijuana plants were eradicated from this location; some were left as the property owner was in compliance with state laws. If allowed to mature each plant could produce product with a street value in excess of  $1,000,000.  Tulare County Code compliance officers issued a 10 day cease and desist notice of compliance due to zoning and county ordinance issues. This location is still under investigation.

5/29/12
12-6835
22400 Blk of Ave. 192, Strathmore
S-1 Etevina Acosta,  43 yoa,   11358/11359 H&S

On the above date STEP detectives were called to the above listed location for a reported Indoor marijuana grow. Patrol officer were at the location on an unrelated call when they observed the indoor grow. Patrol officers called detectives to conduct a compliance check. Upon arrival detectives found that the above listed suspect had attempted to destroy and hide over a hundred small marijuana plants due to being significantly over her allowed amount for medical purposes. Further investigation showed S-Acosta was out of compliance with state law and had attempted to destroy evidence. She was arrested on the above listed charges. 275 marijuana plants were eradicated from the location. If allowed to mature each plant could produce product with a street value in excess of $ 1,100,000. This case is still under investigation

Case # 12-60720
5900 Blk of Rd. 30 Alpaugh
            
S1-Saul Morales,  47 yoa,  Alpaugh Ca  11358/11359 H&S, 182 PC, 273a PC
S2-Freddy Moralss,  21 yoa,  Alpaugh Ca.  11358/11359 H&S, 182 PC, 148 PC
S3-Juliana Garcia,  51 yoa,  Alpaugh, Ca.  11358/11359 H&S, 182 PC, 273a PC
S4 - Antonio Becerra  48 yoa,  Morgan Hill, Ca  11358/11359 H&S, 182 PC
S5 - Gerardo Morales 19 yoa  Alpaugh Ca.  11358/11359 H&S, 182 PC
S6 – Angel Piedra 39 yoa  Bakersfield, Ca           11358/11359 H&S, 182 PC, INS Hold
S7 – Isidro Hurtado 37 yoa  Alpaugh, Ca  11358/11359 H&S, 182 PC, INS Hold
S8 – Elezar Castellanos 26 yoa Farmersville, Ca 11358/11359 H&S, 182 PC, INS Hold
S9 – Ernistina Guerrero, 33 yoa Alpaugh, Ca  11358/11359/11378 H&S, 182 PC,
S10 – Bonifacio Cano    18 yoa Farmersville  11358/11359 H&S, 182 PC, INS Hold
S11- Male Juvenile 17 yoa  Alpaugh, Ca  11358/11359 H&S, 182 PC
          
On 5/31/12 Detectives from the S.T.E.P. served a search warrant at the above location. This location came to detectives attention after complaints from local residents  and the school. A routine overflight and investigation was conducted to confirm the presence of marijuana plants and suspicious activity. Upon service of the warrant the above suspects, excepting S1 and S2 were contacted and detained.  S1 and S2 were detained later when they were observed in the area. Subsequent investigation found that this 20 acre parcel contained (20) separate grow enclosures,  run by the same group, containing a total of 4,011 marijuana plants in various stages of growth from seedlings to partially budded. Each enclosure had one to fifty recommends present. The investigation found that the suspects present and the individual grow sites were out of compliance with state laws. S4, contacted in the single largest enclosure, claimed to be part of a collective from the San Jose area and unaffiliated with the other grower/sites present. This site was also found to be out of compliance with state law. 

It is believed that a single criminal organization is responsible for all the grow sites. Additionally it was found that suspects 1&3 were allowing their underage child to participate in the cultivating, processing and sales of the marijuana. Suspects 6, 7, 8 & 10 were found to be in the country illegally and had Holds placed on them for deportation after their criminal cases are completed.
 

The above operations point out the ongoing problem of persons obtaining medical marijuana recommends from doctors who allow them to grow plants well in excess of their medical needs and encourage them to sell the excess to a dispensary. Much of the excess marijuana also goes to street sales in California or is shipped to other states where it can be sold for up to $12,000 per pound on the street. The above suspects are believed to be part of a criminal conspiracy; they were arrested and charged with cultivation of marijuana, possession for sales and conspiracy.

Additionally we are finding that it has become common for Drug Trafficking Organizations to hide behind California’s poorly written medical marijuana laws by using friends, family members or undocumented persons to get medical recommends to cover their large scale marijuana grows. Most times these front people do not use marijuana and have no knowledge of where the marijuana is being grown. They were simple paid to get the recommend.

 
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