Thursday, May 16, 2019

Tulare County, CA: Massive Marijuana Grow Busted, 20 Arrested

Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: The Recorder and Globalincidentmap
                                        TCSO busts large marijuana grow in Terra Bella, Ca

The Tulare County Sheriff’s Office (TCSO) busted a massive marijuana grow in Terra Bella on Monday morning, resulting in nearly 20 arrests. 

On May 13, at 8 a.m., detectives with the TCSO TAGNET (Tulare Area Gang and Narcotic Enforcement Team) and TAGNET Majors helped Resource Management Agency with a code enforcement abatement warrant at a home in the 24000 block of Avenue 88 in Terra Bella.  While helping serve the warrant, detectives found a large illegal marijuana grow within the property and inside the home.

A total of 16 people, including a 15-year-old girl and a 17-year-old boy, were found inside the home and on the property and were taken into custody. During the warrant, one person, who was a felon, tried to run away and was later found with a stolen handgun.

Detectives also learned the suspects were tapping into and stealing power for the indoor pot grow.


A total of 7,219 marijuana plants were found inside the home. 1,977 pounds of processed marijuana and 3,763 plants were found on the property and destroyed.  

The following is a list of those arrested at the scene: 
See the list WITH Charges below

Jose Toscano, 43
Jorge Ruelas Morfin, 22
Leonardo Magana, 19
Miguel Angel De La Mora, 53
Jesus Morfin Alvarez, 28
Jose Morfin, 21
Rosa Orosco-Cano, 48
Esmerita De La Mora, 39
Maria Cristina Laros, 32
Carlos Hernandez, 35
Rafael De La Mora, 65
Hector De La Mora Alcarez, 42
Hector Miguel De La Mora, 24
Oswaldo Contreras Peregrino, 25
Female Juvenile, 15
Male Juvenile, 17

TCSO Press Release:

Home Media News Releases: Maintaining a residence for drug use and/or sales, Cultivation of marijuana, Possession of marijuana for sales, Resisting arrest, Felon in possession of a firearm, Theft of power, Possession of stolen property

Location: 24000 Block of Ave 88, Terra Bella

Incident Date: 05-13-2019                                 
Incident Time: 0800 hrs

Case Number: 19-5693

Victim: State of California

City: Terra Bella

Posted by: Dispatch

Maintaining a residence for drug use and/or sales, Cultivation of marijuana, Possession of marijuana for sales, Resisting arrest, Felon in possession of a firearm, Theft of Power, Possession of stolen property;  Suspects:

Toscano, Jose (43 yoa) 11358 H&S, 11359 H&S, 11366 H&S, 148 p.c., 496 p.c., 29800 P.C., 487 P.C.

Morfin, Jorge Ruelas (22 yoa) 11358 H&S, 11359 H&S, 11366 H&S, 487 P.C.

Magana, Leonardo (19 yoa) 11358 H&S, 11359 H&S, 11366 H&S, 487 P.C.

De La Mora, Miguel Angel (53 yoa) 11358 H&S, 11359 H&S, 11366 H&S, 487 P.C.

Alvarez, Jesus Morfin (28 yoa) 11358 H&S, 11359 H&S, 11366 H&S, 487 P.C.

Morfin, Jose (21 yoa) 11358 H&S, 11359 H&S, 11366 H&S,

Orosco-Cano, Rosa (48 yoa): 11358 H&S, 11359 H&S, 11366 H&S

De L a Mora, Esmerita (39 yoa) 11358 H&S, 11359 H&S, 11366 H&S

Laros, Maria Cristina (32 yoa) 11358 H&S, 11359 H&S, 11366 H&S

Hernandez, Carlos (35 yoa) 11358 H&S, 11359 H&S, 11366 H&S

De La Mora, Rafael (65 yoa) 11358 H&S, 11359 H&S, 11366 H&S

Alcarez, Hector De La Mora (42 yoa) 11358 H&S, 11359 H&S, 11366 H&S

De La Mora, Hector Miguel (24 yoa) 11358 H&S, 11359 H&S, 11366 H&S

Peregrino, Oswaldo Contreras (25 yoa) 11358 H&S, 11359 H&S, 11366 H&S

Female JV (15 yoa) 11358 H&S, 11359 H&S, 11366 H&S

Male JV (17 yoa) 11358 H&S, 11359 H&S, 11366 H&S

Narrative:                      

On 05-13-2019 at 0800 hours, Detectives with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department TAGNET (Tulare Area Gang and Narcotic Enforcement Team) and TAGNET Majors assisted Resource Management Agency with a code enforcement abatement warrant at a residence in the 24000 block of Ave. 88, Terra Bella.  While assisting Resource Management Agency, Detectives observed a large illegal cultivation site of marijuana gardens within the property and inside of the residence. 

As Detectives continued to assist Resource Management Agency, sixteen subjects were located within the residence and property and were later taken into custody for the above listed charges and transported to Pre-Trial for booking. Detectives also learned during the investigation that two of the sixteen subjects were juveniles who were also charged with the above listed charges.  During the service of the Abatement warrant, one subject attempted to flee and was later found in possession of a handgun which Detectives learned the suspect was a previous felon and the handgun was stolen.  The investigation was continued by Detectives who also learned the subjects were tapping into and stealing power for the indoor cultivation. A total of 7,219 marijuana plants were located inside the residence, 1,977 lbs. of processed marijuana were located, along with 3,763 plants were located within the property and were eradicated and destroyed.

The investigation into illegal marijuana grow sites is ongoing and anyone with information is encouraged to call the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office at (559) 733-6218, or they can remain anonymous by calling TIPNOW at (559) 725-4194.  

17 comments:

  1. It was the police that made the bust. All at the site arrested. Now Marina's of Mexico learn from this. You said s place also take in the suspects.

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  2. Means for profit and avoiding the tax regulations for many of California's cannabis businesses have been impacted.
    A report by NPR found that many growers due to taxes and regulations have crippled many. Resulting with illegally growing to sustain oneself.
    Seems to me like many who believe that states are only concerned with extra revenue than the well being of its citizens. A common practice by government to keep those from progressing.
    Expect more states to follow suit with the potential of generating more money.

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    1. Killer Mountain documentary on Netflix.

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  3. There have been many big and bigger busts in this area, but again......look at the number of arrestees and probably mostly related. Their big mistake, of course, which gave them away was the STEALING ELECTRICITY; I might as well point that out, and un permitted indoor grow in a house that may not have been theirs.

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    1. Yaqui i have to agree, they fucked up stealing power.

      I think it's funny them saying there were that many thousands of plants in the house. Yeah, maybe thousands of clones, but not full blown plants. You'd need super walmart sized house to do that... and way way more people working the grow then that. Media and drug agencies just tend to be dramatic.


      Phelpso

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    2. Why steal electricity? When the profits of this illegal operation would have been fruitful?
      This was definitely operated by a bunch of idiots. They deserve to get locked up.

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    3. Because the cost of electricity is very very Hugh to grow that amount of plants. This is money that they have to put upfront for a crop that can easily get messed up if not cared for properly. They should have made a smaller grow op, with a monthly electricity bill that they felt comfortable paying/gambling.

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  4. Totally true stealing electricity is a big no no

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  5. My primo has a marisco spot out there, I’m glad his name is not listed on here lol.

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  6. This is my neck of the woods. Our foothills and low Sierra are filled with grows and almost no busts ever ocurr except for the occasional trophy bust or someone messing up and exposing themselves.
    Alot of folks are dependent on the underground economy in the south valley, as marijuana becomes less lucrative, some of these people will move into other more profitable enterprises. Meth anyone?

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  7. Of course, the house was not theirs, 101.
    But 7 300 mantas for personal consumption son chingaderas, glad the cops got the pinshis marranos; who the hell needs tanta pinche mariguana.
    Ora que, que se los enchufen en el bote
    pa que se les quite andar ahi de calientes.

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  8. Major bust no doubt. They’ll be handing out lots of years in combined probation.

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    1. 7 000 plants must have been 3" high... LOL

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  9. It is always chilango circus clowns that steal electricity,
    they use "Diablos" to connect with the power lines.

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  10. Los Hermanos De La Mora, originally from Phoenix Arizona. Family of gun runners. Have been since 93! I’m surprised to see they’re still around, although in new ventures

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  11. the bills most likely were paid, I wonder if the police setup a parked car outside and these guys started to come out and see who’s it was; usually parked outside in front of the property for the first half of the day. I’ve seen it in modesto many times, keep calm and don’t pay attention to the police man trying to ask about his own car. Trimmers should always stay the night but of course people get carried away and lost it all. What’s wrong with 99 plants? idiots.

    -p

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