Location: 9600 Block of Road 236, Terra Bella

Incident Date: 07/28/16

Incident Time: 1400 hours

Case Number: 16-90052

City: Terra Bella

Posted by: Dispatch

Possession of a large capacity Magazine/Possession of an assault weapon/Child endangerment/ Minor in possession of ammunition/Cultivation of marijuana/Possession of a controlled substance.


            Eric Ledesma     MH/ 22 years                           Terra Bella

            Charges: 32310 PC/ 30510 PC/ 11358 H&S/ 11377(a) H&S/ 273(a) PC

            Juvenile Male Hispanic/ 17 years                       Terra Bella

            Charges: 32310 PC/ 30510 PC/ 29650 PC


On Thursday 07/28/16, the Gang Violence Suppression Unit and the Interagency Gang Enforcement Team conducted a follow up investigation in regards to an unrelated gang graffitti investigation and a compliance check of known Northern gang members in the community of Terra Bella in an effort to combat gang violence with a zero tolerance for gang activities. The investigators located an AR-15 style assault rifle, ammunition for the rifle, 1.7 grams of methamphetamine and six marijuana plants growing in the back yard. The rifle and methamphetamine were within reach of a minor child that was in the residence thus creating a child endangerment issue. The 17-year-old male minor in the residence was in possession of the rifle ammunition.

Ledesma was booked at the APTF and the Juvenile was booked at the Juvenile Detention Facility on the listed charges.

Photographs of the adult suspects can be obtained from the Main Jail.    

The Interagency Gang Enforcement Team (IGET) is made up of investigators from the Exeter and Farmersville police departments along with Investigators from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office. It is funded by a grant from the Byrnes Justice Assistance Grant/ Closing the Circle Program.     

Anyone with more information regarding this investigation is urged to contact the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office at 1-800-808-0488 or anonymously at tcso@tipnow.com or by text or voicemail at 559-725-4194 or (888) ENDGANG.