Location: 15500 block of Ave 330

Incident Date: 10-09-14

Incident Time: 1300

Case Number: 14-60727

Victim: State of California

Posted by: Media Relations

On Thursday, October 09, 2014 Detectives with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department STEP Unit responded to a residence in the 15500 Block of Avenue 330 in Ivanhoe in order to conduct an investigation into an illegal marijuana grow site located at the residence. In addition to a backyard grow site, a large marijuana processing center was located in the garage area of the residence. A total of 21 mature marijuana plants were eradicated and approximately 80 pounds of processed marijuana was seized as evidence. Detectives estimate the total street value of the marijuana at over $170,000.00

Antonio Zepeda 46 of Visalia was arrested at the scene for felony cultivation and possession of marijuana for sales. He was booked into the Tulare County Pre-Trial Facility.

This case remains under investigation by the Sheriff's Department STEP Team.  Anyone with information is encouraged to call Detective B. Rader at (559) 733-6218 or information can remain anonymous through tcso@tipnow.com.