Location: Ave 232 and Road 180 in Lindsay

Incident Date: 10/23/18 - 5/30/19

Case Number: 18-15438

Victim: Daniel Orta

City: Lindsay, Tulare

Posted by: Media Relations

2018 Murder Investigation Leads Detectives to Tulare Drug Ring

(Sigi Corral)         (Jesus Delgado)    (Tomas Melendez)   (Omar Melendez)     (Miguel Villa)




On May 30, 2019, the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office and Tulare Police Department completed a seven-month investigation into an organization involved in illegal marijuana grows. The investigation began on October 23, 2018, after detectives responded to a shooting in the area of Ave 232 and Road 180 in Lindsay where Daniel Orta was found murdered. During the initial investigation, detectives discovered a large illegal marijuana operation on the property. Detectives recovered a large amount of marijuana in different stages of cultivation and an additional 200 lbs of marijuana.

Over the next seven months, TCSO Detectives, the Marijuana Investigation Team (M.I.T.) and Detectives with the Tulare Police Department, identified 53-year-old Sigi Corral as a suspect who led an organization that cultivated several thousand marijuana plants throughout the Tulare area.

On May 30, 2018, nearly 50 Detectives from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office, Tulare Police Department and Agents with the Department of Fish and Wildlife, served 12 search warrants throughout the Tulare area in connection to this organization. During the execution of the warrants, detectives arrested Corral, 37-year-old Jesus Delgado, 46-year-old Tomas Melendez, 25-year-old Omar Melendez and 25-year-old Miguel Villa, all of Tulare. All suspect were later booked on numerous drug offenses. During the executions of the warrants, detectives found 13 guns, $38,000 in cash, 2,827 marijuana plants and 2,000 pounds of processed marijuana.

This case remains under investigation. Anyone with information related to this case or the murder of Daniel Orta is encouraged to call the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office at (559) 733-6218. Or anonymous information can be reported via Tipnow email: tcso@tipnow.net text or voicemail at 559-725-4194 or download the Tipnow app for Android or Apple phones.