Officers bust drug dealing brothers

Brothers Jason and John Beebe are arrested for running meth, honey oil lab at 1500 block of west Harter

VISALIA – The time leading up to Thanksgiving lends to spending some quality family time together. Although, perhaps cooking meth and operating a honey oil lab is not the kind of quality time we have in mind. But such was the case for two Visalia brothers.

According to the Visalia Police Department, last Friday, Nov. 6, at 7:45 a.m. officers with the Visalia Police Department narcotics unit, special enforcement unit, and the Tulare County Agencies Regional Gang Enforcement Team (TARGET) served a narcotics search warrant in the 1500 block of west Harter.

During the search officers located methamphetamine for sales, a butane/honey oil lab, scales, high capacity magazines, and a short barreled unregistered AR-15 rifle. Brothers John, 27, and Jason Beebe, 27, were arrested on multiple charges including an outstanding narcotics-related warrant. They were booked at the Tulare County pretrial facility.

Visalia Police Logs

Sunday, Nov. 8

At 7:35 a.m., a traffic stop was conducted on a vehicle in the area of east Mineral King and Main Street for a vehicle code violation. The driver was contacted and identified as Yaphet Hightower, 20. The driver was found to be in possession of a loaded handgun. The driver was placed into custody without incident, and transported and booked into the Tulare County pretrial facility for charges of felon in possession of a firearm.

Thursday, Nov. 5

At approximately 9:50 a.m., an officer observed a vehicle in the area of Goshen and Kelsey which matched the description of a vehicle associated with an attempted burglary in Visalia last week, and a vehicle code violation. A traffic stop was attempted and the vehicle failed to yield to the officer, resulting in a short pursuit. The pursuit was quickly terminated for public safety reasons. The vehicle was observed by an undercover officer traveling southbound on Akers from Goshen. The vehicle was observed turning eastbound onto Grove, and then was observed turning northbound on Atwood. The vehicle struck the curb in the 1000 block of north Atwood and stopped in the front yard. Both occupants fled the vehicle. Officers with the special enforcement unit were in the area and both suspects were quickly apprehended. There were no injuries as a result of this incident. The driver, Justin Barcelos, 32, was also wanted on outstanding warrants, and is believed to be responsible for theft-related crimes from surrounding agencies. The passenger, Ignacio Juarez, 35, was arrested for a probation violation.

Tuesday, Nov. 3

At approximately 10:50 p.m. an officer with the Visalia Police Department conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in the 1000 block of East Oakridge. During the contact, the driver of the vehicle was found to have an active arrest warrant. During a search of her vehicle officers located an amount of methamphetamine and heroin consistent with sales, packaging materials and $400 U.S. currency. The driver, Elizabeth Gibson, 39, of Visalia, was arrested for possession and transportation of a controlled substance for sales and an active arrest warrant. Gibson was booked into the Tulare County adult pretrial facility.

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