Location: 14900 Block of Avenue 288, Visalia

Incident Date: 03/17/2015

Incident Time: 1630

Case Number: 15-60604

Victim: State of California

Posted by: Media Relations

S1: Daniel Franco (39yrs)


Charges: 11359HS, 11358HS, 11377HS. 11364HS


On March 17, 2015 Detectives from the Tulare County Sheriff Department’s STEP Team conducted a medical marijuana compliance check in the 14900 Block of Avenue 288 in Visalia. Detectives contacted Daniel Franco, 39 of Visalia who had set up a sophisticated indoor marijuana growing operation within the residence. Pursuant to the investigation, Detectives obtained a search warrant for the property and located 115 marijuana plants of varying maturity which were being grown within multiple rooms of the residence. Franco could not provide a valid medical marijuana recommendation. Detectives also located a small amount of methamphetamine, scales and narcotics paraphernalia.  


Had the marijuana been allowed to be harvested, it would have had a street value of over $115,00.00. Franco was taken into custody pursuant to the cultivation of marijuana for sale, and possession of methamphetamine.


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