Location: 1800 BLOCK OF SIERRA, EARLIMART

Incident Date: 07/07/2015

Incident Time: 0700

Case Number: 15-60726

Victim: STATE OF CALIFORNIA

Posted by: Media Relations

Tulare County Sheriff’s Detectives conducted a two day operation regarding the unlawful cultivation of marijuana.  This operation was the result of a two month long investigation regarding several large marijuana grows that had been identified in the Earlimart area.  During the operation Tulare County Detectives served 14 search warrants in the 1800 block of Sierra in Earlimart.  Over a two day period Detectives eradicated 2,172 marijuana plants from 14 different locations.  Detectives also seized $81,238 in U.S. currency associated with the sale of marijuana.  Six firearms were located and recovered, three of which were reported as stolen.  11 adults and 1 juvenile were taken into custody on various charges related the cultivation and sales of marijuana.  

If the marijuana plants would have been allowed to marture and yielded at minimum one pound of processed marijuana, the estimated street value of the marijuana would be $2,172,000.

An Average outdoor marijuana plant can consume approximately 5 gallons of water per day. Considering California’s current water crisis, the total marijuana plants seized were consuming approximately 10,860 gallons of water per day.  

Suspects / Charges:

Jacob Ojeda (33 years old / Earlimart) Cultivation and sales of marijuana

Moises Ramos (43 years old / Earlimart) Cultivation and sales of marijuana,Possession of stolen firearm

Roberto Barbosa (62 years old / Earlimart) Cultivation and sales of marijuana 

Juan Ramos (56 years old/ Earlimart) Cultivation and sales of marijuana

Gregeorio Valencia (43 years old / Earlimart) Cultivation and sales of marijuana, Possession of a stolen firearm

Martin Alvarez (50 years old / Earlimart) Cultivation and sales of marijuana 

Eduardo Perez Hernandez (66 years old / Earlimart) Cultivation and sales of marijuana

Francisco Garnica (48 years old / Earlimart) Cultivation and sales of marijuana 

Alanzo Zavala (64 years old / Earlimart) Cultivation and sales of marijuana

Glades Rivera (24 years old / Earlimart) Cultivation and sales of marijuana 

Ignacio Guillen (43 years old / Earlimart) Cultivation and sales of marijuana 

Male Juvenile (17 years old / Earlimart) Possession of a stolen firearm

This Case is currently under investigation by the Sheriff’s Tactical Enforcement Personnel.

Anonymous information regarding these cases can be provided at 1-800-808-0488 or at TCSO@tipnow.com , by text or email at (559) 752-4194