Location: Ave 200/Hwy 65, Strathmore

Incident Date: 12/31/2016

Incident Time: 2240 hours

Case Number: 16-40152

Victim: State of California

City: Strathmore

Posted by: Dispatch

Possession of a Concealed Weapon in a Vehicle/Possession of a High Capacity Magazine/Possession of Stolen Property/Possession of Narcotics while Armed/Possession of Narcotic Paraphernalia


                        Suspect: Solis Juan Alberto Garcia  MH/ 28 yrs Farmersville, Ca. In custody


On 12/31/16 at approx. 2240 hours, Investigators from the Interagency Gang Enforcement Team (IGET) noted a suspicious vehicle parked on the side of the road on Ave 200 at Highway 65. The investigators noted one occupant, the driver, in the vehicle.

As the investigators stopped to check on the welfare of the driver, the driver started to drive off. The investigators initiated a traffic stop and the driver stopped his vehicle.

When the investigators contacted the driver, one of the investigators saw an empty handgun holster on the passenger seat. The driver was asked if he had any firearms in the vehicle and he replied that he did and it was under the driver’s seat.

The investigators recovered a 9MM semi-automatic pistol that was loaded with 18 rounds of ammunition. The investigators also located a small amount of methamphetamine and an illegal narcotics smoking pipe. It was discovered the pistol was reported stolen out of Westminster, New Mexico in December of 2014.  

The suspect was taken into custody without incident and booked at the Sheriff’s Porterville Substation for Possession of a Concealed Weapon in a Vehicle, Possession of a High Capacity Magazine, Possession of Stolen Property, Possession of Narcotics while Armed and Possession of Narcotic Paraphernalia.


The case is currently under investigation by the Interagency Gang Enforcement Team and no other information is being released at this time. The Interagency Gang Enforcement Team (IGET) is made up of Gang Investigators from the Exeter and Famersville police departments and the Tulare County Sheriff's Office. The IGET is funded by the Edward Byrnes Justice Assistance Grant. Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Det. Antonio Nieto or Det. Daniel Villalobos at (559) 735-1898 or (800) 808-0488. Booking photos available through the Main Jail.


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