Police arrest 3 at 2 pot gardens

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Two huge, well-armed illegal marijuana gardens were busted in Lindsay last week.

After a three-week investigation regarding sales and cultivation of marijuana in the Lindsay area, investigators from the Inter Agency Narcotics Enforcement Team (INET) – consisting of personnel from Lindsay and Exeter police departments and the Sheriff’s Department’s Narcotics Division – arrested three people, found seven weapons and discovered 429 marijuana plants on June 20.

The first address was in the 900 block of Maple Valley Way in Lindsay where a search revealed approximately 125 marijuana plants, packaging materials and six rifles. Noe Lopez Mendoza, 26, of Lindsay was arrested for possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to sell and cock fighting. Investigators found multiple fighting roosters and fighting spurs. Animal control responded and took possession of the roosters. Mendoza was booked at the Sheriff’s Porterville Substation. The investigation is continuing.

The second address was in the 900 block of W. Mariposa in Lindsay. The ensuing investigation and search revealed approximately 304 marijuana plants, glass smoking pipes, packaging materials and loaded shotgun. Lucy Lupian, 39, of Lindsay and Manuel Luis Reynoso, 60, both of Lindsay were booked at the Porterville Substation on charges of possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to sell, having loaded weapons on the commission of a crime. Reynoso also had three outstanding warrants for his arrest.

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

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