Babies found in home where mother, aunt were dealing meth, marijuana

Police discover two infants in home used as a drug dealing operation, including guns and ammo


VISALIA – Two infants were recently rescued from a home that their mother and aunt were dealing drugs out of. At 8 a.m. on Feb. 7, detectives with Tulare County Sheriff’s TAGNET (Tulare Area Gang and Narcotic Enforcement Team) served a search warrant at a home in the 100 block of NE 1st Street for the sale of drugs.  During the search, detectives caught 47-year-old Roger Jenkins Lee trying to throw away evidence. While at the home, detectives also found two babies.  

Before the detectives were done searching the home, they found a small amount of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, scales, a marijuana plant, and a sawed-off rifle with a homemade silencer and a large capacity magazine. 

Detectives arrested Lee, as well as his girlfriend, 31-year-old Marta Medrano Leon, and 49-year-old Maria Medrano at the home. Marta and Maria are sisters, and Marta is the mother of both babies. All three are charged with: child endangerment, possession of a silencer, possession of a large capacity magazine, controlled substance and drug paraphernalia, maintaining a residence for narcotic use, attempt to destroy evidence, felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. 

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