Location: 1050 Block of S. Crystal, Porterville

Incident Date: 12-3-14

Incident Time: 1800

Case Number: 14-15109

Victim: State of California

Posted by: Media Relations

S1: Katrina Hammers (22yrs)

S2: Francisco Lopez Jr. (23 yrs)

Charges: 11358 HS, 11359 HS, 11379.6 HS, 12022(A)(1) PC

On December 3rd at approximately 1800 hours Deputies from the Porterville Substation responded to 1051 S. Crystal Street in Porterville in an attempt to serve an arrest warrant. Upon arrival, Deputies smelled a strong odor of Marijuana emitting from within the residence. Deputies contacted Katrina Hammers, 22 and Francisco Lopez Jr., 23, both of Porterville. A compliance check was completed to ensure the legality of the marijuana where it was determined the suspects were not within their medical recommendation limits.  

A search warrant was authored for the residence and a subsequent search revealed 332 live Marijuana plants that were being grown within a sophisticated indoor growing operation. Additionally, 5 pounds of processed Marijuana, a concentrated cannabis lab and a loaded handgun were located within the residence. Had the marijuana been allowed to be harvested, it would have had a street value of over $600,000.00.  

The suspects were taken into custody pursuant to the cultivation of marijuana for sales, possession of marijuana for sales, operation of a honey oil lab and possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony.