South End Gang Violence Suppression Unit
Time Period: Saturday, January 22, 2011 1500-2300 hours.
Suspects: See below narrative
On January 21st and 22nd 2011, the following agencies participated in a Tulare County Gang Task Force detail due to a recent spike in criminal violence. The two day detail was geared towards subjects on Parole or Probation and/or with arrest warrants in the North County communities and cities of Farmersville, Exeter, Ivanhoe, Woodlake, Visalia, Goshen, Dinuba, Cutler, Orosi and Yettem.
Participating agencies consisted of State Parole, Tulare County Probation, California Highway Patrol, Visalia P.D., Dinuba P.D., Farmersville P.D., Tulare County District Attorney’s Office and the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department.
During the event, investigators recovered and seized more than 3 ½ ounces of crystal methamphetamine, approximately two pounds of marijuana, packaging materials, scales, U.S. currency, four stolen firearms with associated ammunition, a stolen vehicle and other merchandise. 30 Field Interviews were also completed.
There were 21 subjects arrested and one subject was cited to appear into court;
Jeremy Willis (34 years) arrested for parole violation
Blake Howerton (27 years) arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance with a parole hold
Christine Murphy (41 years) arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance with a parole hold
Alberto Escobar (25 years) arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance
Javier Gomez (30 years) possession of firearms, ammunition and stolen property with a parole hold
Noel Lozano (39 years) possession of narcotic paraphernalia with a parole hold
Danny Lozano (35 years) possession of more than an ounce of marijuana while out on bail from another case
Raul Barrera (31 years) possession of more than an ounce of marijuana
Jesusa Rodriguez (42 years) possession of marijuana for sale, possession of more than an ounce of marijuana
Remijio Garcia (19 years) possession of marijuana for sale, possession of more than an ounce of marijuana
Gabriel Campos (37 years) possession of a controlled substance for sale, possession of a controlled substance with a parole hold
Male Juvenile (17 years) possession of a firearm, possession of stolen property, felony possession of ammunition, under the influence of a controlled substance while in possession of a firearm
Raymond Guerrero (23 years) possession of a controlled substance with parole hold
Steve Sanchez (44 years) possession of more than an ounce of marijuana for sale, felony possession of ammunition
Todd Morgan (49 years) cited for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana
Alonzo Morales (28 years) violation of parole
Susan Sanchez (38 years) two misdemeanor arrest warrants
Timothy Anderson (45 years) possession of a stolen motor vehicle, possession of less than an ounce of marijuana with parole hold
Maria Olvera (31 years) two felony arrest warrants
Michael Broughton (24 years) under the influence of a controlled substance
Jonathan Grant (22 years) under the influence of a controlled substance
Christopher Walker (30 years) two misdemeanor arrest warrants
Due to the recent influx of Gang related violence in the southern Tulare County areas of Earlimart and Tipton as well as most recently, Goshen. The Gang Violence Suppression Unit has stepped up enforcement, with a Zero tolorence approach to gang activity. In recent weeks, Tulare county has seen an increase of gang realated violence involving assaults as well as homicide.
While the North End Gang Unit concentrated efforts in Parole and Probation compliance checks, the South End Gang Unit, with the assistance of the Tulare County Sheriff's Tactical Enforcement Personel and South County Community Based Officers, conducted highly concentrated patrol enforcement in the communities of Earlimart, Tipton and Goshen.
During these efforts, the Sheriff's Office obtained approximately 60 Field Interviews, mostly targeting known or suspected Gang members. There was also 9 adult arrests and 7 traffic citations issued.
Our Tulare County Communities can expect this type of enforcement to continue, as the Tulare County Sheriff's Office with the support of our communites are making it known to gang members, that we will not tolerate this type of Gang Violence.
Anyone with information regarding any type of gang activity in Tulare County is urged to contact the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department’s Gang Violence Suppression Unit at the toll free number of: 1-(888)-363-4264 or 1-(888)-END-GANG. Persons who provide information can remain anonymous.