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.  

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