Tulare County Code Enforcement Helps Clean Up Marijuana Problem

On July 18, 2012 Tulare County Code Compliance personnel made contact with the residence in the 33300 block of Road 156 in Ivanhoe regarding a sheet metal fence that was out of code because the fencing was too high. Upon making contact it was discovered marijuana was also being grown at this site and it was not in compliance with County zoning. A ten day compliance notice was issued to the resident to remove the structure and the marijuana.

The property was not brought within compliance and County Code Enforcement was able to obtain a Summary Abatement Warrant ordering the eradication of the marijuana and structure. This warrant was based off of three factors: the marijuana being cultivated out of compliance, the structure built out of code and the incorrect zoning for the cultivation. These codes were put in place for the protection of the communities and the growers who choose to operate legally.

Detectives also learned this site was visited by a person posing as an officer who did a compliance check as well. Detectives believe this may be another situation where criminals may be posing as officers to gain access and see what security measures are being taken in order to gain access and steal the plants at a later date.

On August 28, 2012, more than 300 plants were eradicated from this site. If allowed to mature, each plant could have produced more than one pound of marijuana, with a total street value in excess of $1.2 million.

Videos of this eradication are available on the Sheriff's YouTube Channel at:

http://www.youtube.com/user/TulareCountySheriff?feature=mhee

Photos of eradication efforts are available on the Sheriff's Flicker page at:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/tularecountysheriff/sets/72157631296406708/