Sheriff’s deputies still searching for those living in home with over 1,300 pounds of marijuana
LINDSAY – The skunky smell of marijuana is an all too familiar one in the post Prop. 64 world. So you can imagine what it must have smelled like in a Lindsay neighborhood where deputies confiscated more than 3,200 marijuana plants.
At 8 a.m. on Oct. 4, detectives with Tulare County Sheriff’s Office TAGNET (Tulare Area Gang and Narcotic Enforcement Team) served three civil abatement ordinances, along with members from Resource Management Agency and Code Compliance Unit, in the 19000 block of Avenue 242 in Lindsay. The warrants followed several complaints from neighbors about the smell of marijuana and suspicious traffic throughout the neighborhoods.
During the search, detectives were able to locate and get rid of more than 1,300 lbs. of partially processed marijuana, 32 lbs. processed marijuana and 3,251 plants, which were all collected and later destroyed.
Along with the marijuana, Detectives also found two stolen handguns at one of the homes, where unknown subjects had left the scene prior to Detectives arriving. No arrests were made during the service of the abatement warrants.
The investigation into illegal marijuana grow sites is ongoing and anyone with information is encouraged to call the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department at (559) 733-6218 or they can remain anonymous by calling TIPNOW at (559) 725-4194
Saturday Oct. 6
Tulare County Sheriff Deputies responded to the 53000 block of Whitaker Forest Road in Badger to assist Fresno County Sheriff deputies on a large burglary investigation. A large amount of various types of property, antique equipment, and several vehicles were determined stolen. While the location was determined to be in Fresno County, Tulare County Sheriff deputies offered their assistance in the investigation. Throughout Saturday night and Sunday morning, TCSO detectives obtained information regarding the probable whereabouts of the said property and vehicles. At 9 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 7, the Tulare County Agricultural Crimes Unit and patrol deputies responded to a residence located in the 22200 block of Carson Avenue, just east of Exeter, where numerous pieces of property and several of the stolen vehicles were located.
Tulare and Fresno County Detectives ultimately responded to three different residences where three adult males were determined to have been involved in the burglary. As a result, approximately five stolen vehicles and 65 other pieces of property were identified and recovered for a total estimated recovery value of $26,000. All recovered property was given back to the victims this day.
Tulare County Sheriff Agricultural Crimes Unit Detectives arrested Exeter resident Phillip Lowe, 28 years of age, for possession of stolen property. They also arrested Lemon Cove resident Nathan Reed, 24 years of age, for possession of stolen property, possession of a controlled substance, and for having committed a felony while out on bail. Both suspects were booked at the Tulare County Pre Trial Facility.