Location: 2100 Block of Cochran Avenue, Tulare

Incident Date: 12-17-14

Incident Time: 0700

Case Number: 14-60842

Victim: State of California

Posted by: Media Relations

S1: Nicolas Pileno Hernandez (30yrs)

Charges: 11358HS, 11359HS, 498(b)PC


On December 17th after a multi-week investigation, Detectives from the Tulare County Sheriff Department’s STEP Team served a narcotics search warrant in the 2100 block of Cochran Avenue in Tulare. Detectives contacted Nicolas Pileno Hernandez, 30 of Tulare who had set up a sophisticated indoor marijuana growing operation. Detectives located 181 marijuana plants which were being grown within the converted garage. Detectives also located 35 pounds of fully processed marijuana packaged for sale and over $6,000.00 in US currency. During the investigation, it was discovered that Hernandez had also been stealing electricity. The theft of electricity was estimated by Edison to be in excess of $18,000.00.  

Had the marijuana been allowed to be harvested, it would have had a street value of over $370,000.00. Hernandez was taken into custody pursuant to the cultivation of marijuana for sales, possession of marijuana for sales and theft of utilities.

The case remains under investigation by the Sheriff Department’s STEP Team.  Anyone with information is encouraged to call Detective B. VanCuren at (559) 733-6218. Information can also be given and will remain anonymous through tcso@tipnow.com.