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Sheriffs search for Exeter pot growers

Sheriffs search for Exeter pot growers

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exeter – Tulare County Sheriff’s detectives are looking for a man who was running a large scale marijuana operation east of Exeter.

At 12:51 p.m. on June 3, deputies were following up on an active investigation in the 18100 block of Avenue 295, at the base of Badger Hill east of Exeter, when they discovered a large marijuana grow at the home. When an unidentified male at the home saw the officers he immediately fled and was able to evade deputies.

Detectives with the Sheriff’s Department, who took over the investigation, ultimately located 322 marijuana plants and a stolen handgun on the property. During the investigation, it was determined the marijuana was being illegally cultivated in violation of Health and Safety code 11358 which sets the maximum number of plants allowed for cultivation at six.

The man who fled the marijuana grow site remains at large. This case remains under investigation and anyone with information is encouraged to call the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office at (559) 733-6211 or anonymous information about this incident can be reported via Tipnow email: tcso@tipnow.net text or voicemail at 559-725-4194 or download the Tipnow app for Android or Apple phones.

Sheriff’s Log

Monday, June 5

At 10 p.m., deputies responded to the Kaweah Delta Medical Center in Visalia regarding an assault victim. The victim  informed deputies that a known suspect shot him with a pellet gun two times shortly after arriving at a home in the 16000 block of Beechwood in Ivanhoe sometime between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. The victim was treated for his injuries and later released. Deputies later responded to the suspect’s residence but were unable to locate him. This is an ongoing investigation.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation or any suspicious activity is urged to contact the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office at 1-800-808-0488 / 559-733-6218 or anonymously at tcso@tipnow.com or by text or voicemail at 559-725-4194.

Tuesday, June 6

The Tulare County Sheriff’s Office Violent Crimes Unit was requested to respond to the Bob Wiley Detention Facility regarding an in-custody death of an inmate, Ricky E. Lewis. Lewis, 62, had been in custody approximately three weeks. While incarcerated, Lewis was diagnosed with several pre-existing health issues. On the morning of June 6, Lewis notified medical staff he was not feeling well. He was moved to the infirmary and shortly thereafter, he collapsed. Medical staff began CPR and ambulance personnel arrived at the facility and further life-savings attempts were performed. Lewis was later pronounced deceased at the jail. Next of kin was notified. The cause of Lewis’ death is still under investigation.

 

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