On October 4, at approximately 6:10 p.m., Porterville Police Department Special Investigations Unit detectives responded to a residence located in the 1400 block of South Westwood Street to serve active arrest warrants for Adrian Hernandez and Elaine Ferrel. Both subjects were contacted at the residence and arrested without incident.
During a probation search of their residence, detectives located drug paraphernalia, burglary tools, a stun gun, stolen mail, forged checks, and other indicia used in the commission of identity theft and fraud. While detectives were conducting their investigation, Veronica Tarango arrived at the residence. Tarango was determined to be under the influence of a controlled substance and arrested. A subsequent probation search of her vehicle revealed additional indicia associated to identity theft and fraud.
Adrian Hernandez was booked at the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office South County Detention Facility for two active Kern County warrants, Identity Theft, Conspiracy, Check Fraud, Possession of Burglary Tools, Felon in Possession of Ammunition, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of a Stun Gun by a drug addict. He is being held without bail.
Elaine Ferrel was booked at the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office South County Detention Facility for one active Tulare County warrant, Identity Theft, Conspiracy, Check Fraud, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. She is being held in lieu of $55,000.00 bail.
Veronica Taranga was booked at the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department South County Detention Facility for Identity Theft, Conspiracy, and Being Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance. She is being held in lieu of $50,000.00 bail.