Easter weekend hunt nets seven gang arrests in north county communities

Sheriff’s detectives arrest felons out of compliance with terms of parole, probation

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TULARE COUNTY – While many spent the weekend watching children hunt for Easter eggs, the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department spent the holiday hunting for gang members. 

Between April 18 and 20, the Sheriff’s TAGNET (Tulare Area Gang and Narcotic Enforcement Team) unit conducted a gang sweep, as well as parole and probation compliance checks at 35 residences in the northern portion of Tulare County. Detectives, probation and parole officers made seven arrests and seized one firearm. The following individuals were arrested and booked into the Tulare County Adult Pretrial facility on the following charges:

  • Angel Romo, 21, of Dinuba was arrested for being a felon in possession of ammo and violation of probation;
  • Uriel Martinez, 34, of Dinuba was arrested for possession of heroin and violation of parole;
  • Raul Tapia, 22, of Ivanhoe was arrested on a warrant for traffic violations and failure to appear;
  • Edward Cisneros, 35, of Dinuba was arrested for violation of probation warrant;
  • Miguel Angel Reynoso, 40, of Cutler was arrested on an arrest warrant for traffic violations;
  • Luis Ramirez, 33, of Orosi was arrested on an arrest warrant for traffic violations;
  • Hugo Jimenez, 41, of Ivanhoe was arrested for being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammo, possession of methamphetamines.
The Tulare County Sheriff’s Office eradicated more than 10,000 pounds of marijuana at homes in Goshen following complaints from neighbors about the smell. Photo courtesy of the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office.

The Tulare County Sheriff’s Office eradicated more than 10,000 pounds of marijuana at homes in Goshen following complaints from neighbors about the smell. Photo courtesy of the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff’s Log

Monday, April 15
At 8 a.m., detectives with the Sheriff’s TAGNET units met with members from Resource Management Agency, Code Compliance Unit regarding complaints from neighbors regarding the smell of marijuana and suspicious traffic throughout the neighborhoods at five homes and discovered illegal marijuana gardens at three locations in the 30000 blocks of Ivy Road, Kame Road, and Effie Drive.

In all, detectives helped serve 19 civil abatement warrants for illegal marijuana grows and eradicated over 10,000 pounds. No occupants at any residence were arrested.

Wednesday, April 17
At 9 a.m. at the Tulare County Superior Court in Porterville, detectives concluded a two month investigation into an alleged sexual assault with the arrest of 34-year-old Zaid Rubai of Ducor. Rubai, who was out on bail, was scheduled to appear in court on a separate rape case when he was taken into custody. He was later booked at the Adult Pre-Trial Facility. This case is still an active investigation, anyone with information on this case and/or possible victim of sexual assault are encouraged to contact Detective Sara Olmos with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office at 559-733-6218 or they can remain anonymous by calling or texting 559-725-4194 or through email at tcso@tipnow.com. 

Friday, April 19
At 1:24 p.m. in the 13000 block of Avenue 414 in Orosi, deputies responded to a disturbance in progress involving a man armed with a hammer. Deputies arrived and detained an initial subject. During the investigation suspected narcotics were located. Andres Ramirez, 46, and Priscilla Martinez, 25, both of Orosi, were detained for further investigation. Through the course of further investigation TAGNET detectives learned Ramirez and Martinez were in possession of narcotics for sale and a firearm. Both suspects were arrested and booked at the Adult Pre-Trial Facility. 

Saturday, April 20
At 2:05 a.m. in the 31200 block of Road 204 near Avenue 312 in Exeter, a homeowner noticed that someone broke into her house and ransacked her home. The homeowner told deputies that  numerous firearms were stolen from the residence. The property owner also noticed electronics missing. The victim estimated the total loss to be approximately $30,000.

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