Deputies stumble into illegal honey oil lab, arrest operator

Tulare County Sheriff’s Deputies arrest Carlos Juan Guereca from Visalia for operating honey oil lab in Lemon Cove


LEMON COVE – Sometimes police work will lead law enforcement into unpredictable situations. Like when they are looking for someone with a gun and instead find a high capacity honey oil lab.

Last Wednesday, April 10, Tulare County Sheriffs deputies were called to the 32000 block of Sierra Drive in Lemon Cove about someone in the area carrying a gun, but were unable to find him. However, while they were there, deputies noticed numerous empty five-gallon acetone cans, along with several bags of marijuana shake and glassware consistent with a honey oil lab on the property.

Honey oil is a highly potent marijuana concentrate that is most similar in appearance to honey, which is why it is referred to as honey oil.

The following day narcotics detectives took over the investigation. They identified 37-year-old Carlos Juan Guereca as a person involved.  A warrant was served at Guererca’s home in the 5000 block of W. Reese Court in Visalia. During the warrant, Tulare Area Gang and Narcotics Enforcement Team (TAGNET) detectives were able to find items throughout the house associated with the honey oil lab found in Lemon Cove. Detectives learned that Guereca had been renting space in the Lemon Cove home to run the honey oil lab. 

The case remains active. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office at 1-800-808-0488 or anonymously at [email protected] or by text or voicemail at 559-725-4194.

Sheriff’s Log

Sunday, March 31
Deputies from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office have recently received numerous home and commercial burglary reports in the Lindsay area. Surveillance cameras captured the suspects on video during one of the home burglaries. Now Deputies are asking for the public’s help to identify them. They are described as white or Hispanic men, between 25 and 35 years old. 

If you know who they are or their possible whereabouts, please contact the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office Property Crimes Unit, Detective Brad McClean or Detective Scott O’Neill (559) 802-9563 or 24 hours (559) 733-6218, (800) 808-0488, Tip Now Line: (559) 725-4194, Or by e-mail [email protected]

Thursday, April 11
Detectives with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department T.A.G.N.E.T. (Tulare Area Gang and Narcotic Enforcement Team) served a narcotics search warrant at a residence in the 30900 block of Commercial Road in Goshen. Detectives seized approximately 2 pounds of cocaine. Detectives arrested 30 year old Nicolas Casillas and 22 year old Erick Alvarez from Goshen. They were booked into the Tulare County Adult Pre-Trial Facility on charges of possession of a controlled substance for sale, possession of a controlled substance while armed with a loaded firearm, and maintaining a residence for narcotic sales.

Monday, April 15
Deputies were in the area of Road 153 and Visalia Avenue in Seville for an unrelated investigation. As deputies were leaving the scene, they noticed something moving inside a plastic bag along the roadway. The deputy stopped to investigate and discovered a 3-4 month old puppy inside the trash bag. The puppy was alive and in fair condition. He has been temporarily placed in a foster home. Detectives are now investigating a possible animal cruelty crime and are asking for the public’s help in identifying the owner of the puppy.

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