Location: Muscat and Bent Ranch area of Earlimart, Ca

Incident Date: 10/17/2014

Incident Time: 1830

Case Number: 14-90073

Victim: State of California

Posted by: Media Relations

(S)- Javier Melgoza Herrera 23 YOA resides in Delano

On noted date and time, detectives of the Tulare County Sheriff's Dept., South County Gang Violence Suppression Unit, were patrolling the Earlimart area. A vehicle driven by suspect Herrera was stopped for minor traffic violations. Herrera was contacted as well as a passenger. Herrera was found to be in possession of cocaine that was individually packaged for sales. A subsequent weight of the cocaine showed a total package weight of 4.7 grams. Herrera was taken into custody on the listed charges and booked at Tulare County jail facility. The passenger was released after it was found that he was not involved in the narcotic activity.