Location: Road 216/Avenue 240, Lindsay

Incident Date: 10-16-15

Incident Time: 0700

Case Number: 15-60689

Victim: State of California and Southern California Edison

Posted by: Media Relations

Over the past several weeks, Detectives from the Sheriff’s Tactical Enforcement Personnel (S.T.E.P) and Edison Revenue Protection Investigators, have conducted an investigation into a large Marijuana grow in the Lindsay area. 

 

During the investigation, a search warrant was obtained for the property, north of the city of Lindsay. During the search on Oct. 16, 2015, 361 Marijuana plants were eradicated. Two subjects were detained for the marijuana grow. Further investigation revealed that the operation had been ongoing for the past two years; Revenue Protection Investigators estimated the theft of power was $145,000.00. 

 

While tracking an investigative lead, Detectives contacted a third subject who fled the area in his vehicle. A traffic stop was conducted, the subject was found to have thrown a stolen handgun from his vehicle in an effort to avoid charges. He was arrested without incident; the handgun was recovered near the roadway. 

 

With the size of the plants seized, Detectives estimated they would produce approximately 1 pound per plant with an illegal street value of $1,000 per pound. If allowed to mature the illegal street value would be $361,000.  

 

Subjects Arrested:

1. Dennis Huerta (56 YOA)

2. Gloria Morales (54 YOA)

3. Silencio Florez (28 YOA)

 

This Case is still under investigation and will be forwarded to the District Attorney for review. 

Questions regarding this and other details should be directed to the Employee and Public Relations Unit. They can be reached by calling 559-636-4695 or by emailing sheriffpio@co.tulare.ca.us.