The Tulare County Sheriff’s Office (TCSO) busted a massive marijuana grow in Terra Bella on Monday morning, resulting in nearly 20 arrests.
On May 13, at 8 a.m., detectives with the TCSO TAGNET (Tulare Area Gang and Narcotic Enforcement Team) and TAGNET Majors helped Resource Management Agency with a code enforcement abatement warrant at a home in the 24000 block of Avenue 88 in Terra Bella. While helping serve the warrant, detectives found a large illegal marijuana grow within the property and inside the home.
A total of 16 people, including a 15-year-old girl and a 17-year-old boy, were found inside the home and on the property and were taken into custody. During the warrant, one person, who was a felon, tried to run away and was later found with a stolen handgun.
Detectives also learned the suspects were tapping into and stealing power for the indoor pot grow.
A total of 7,219 marijuana plants were found inside the home. 1,977 pounds of processed marijuana and 3,763 plants were found on the property and destroyed.
The following is a list of those arrested at the scene:
- Jose Toscano, 43
- Jorge Ruelas Morfin, 22
- Leonardo Magana, 19
- Miguel Angel De La Mora, 53
- Jesus Morfin Alvarez, 28
- Jose Morfin, 21
- Rosa Orosco-Cano, 48
- Esmerita De La Mora, 39
- Maria Cristina Laros, 32
- Carlos Hernandez, 35
- Rafael De La Mora, 65
- Hector De La Mora Alcarez, 42
- Hector Miguel De La Mora, 24
- Oswaldo Contreras Peregrino, 25
- Female Juvenile, 15
- Male Juvenile, 17
The investigation into illegal marijuana grow sites is ongoing and anyone with information is encouraged to call the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office at (559) 733-6218, or they can remain anonymous by calling TIPNOW at (559) 725-4194.