Over the past month, Tulare County Sheriff’s Office TAGNET detectives have been investigating 63-year-old Samuel Hernandez of Ivanhoe for having illegal guns, gun suppressors and ammunition. Hernandez is a previously convicted felon.
Around 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Detectives served a warrant at Hernandez’ home in the 15600 block of Beechwood Ave. in Ivanhoe. There, they found Hernandez and 61-year-old Dewie Utsler. At the home, detectives found ammunition and several guns, one of which had previously been reported as stolen. Detectives also found meth in Utsler’s car. Utsler also had several outstanding misdemeanor warrants in Tulare County. Both Hernandez and Utsler were taken into custody. Hernandez faces charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm, being a felon in possession of ammunition, receiving stolen property, possession of a silencer and possession of meth. Utsler faces charges of possession of meth. Anyone with additional information is encouraged to call the TCSO at 559-733-6218. Or send anonymous information by text or email to [email protected] or call 1-800-TIPNOW.