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5 arrested for growing nearly 3,000 marijuana plants in Lindsay and Farmersville

5 arrested for growing nearly 3,000 marijuana plants in Lindsay and Farmersville

Sheriff’s deputies find 2,500 plants in Lindsay, 500 near Farmersville


LINDSAY – Tulare County Sheriff’s deputies arrested five people last week after finding nearly 3,000 marijuana plants growing at two rural locations. 

At about 11 a.m. on May 16, deputies served search warrants at homes in the 21200 block of Avenue 245 in Lindsay and in the 25700 block of Hypericum Road south of Farmersville. During their search, deputies located 2,400 marijuana plants and an illegal short-barreled assault rifle with a high-capacity magazine at the Lindsay residence and an additional 500 marijuana plants growing near Farmersville. 

Under Proposition 64, only six marijuana plants can be grown per household and an individual can only carry up to 1-ounce of the bud or eight grams of concentrate, such as oil or hash. Any adult with more than six living cannabis plants faces up to six months of jail time and a fine of $500. 

Arrested at the Lindsay location were 18-year-old Sergio Pineda and 38-year-old Rolando Soto. Arrested at the location near Farmersville were 28-year-old Adolfo Cruz, 52-year-old Pablo Ponce and 33-year-old Alberto Panera. All were arrested on charges of illegally cultivating marijuana. 

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 may 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

Friday, May 18
At 10:54 a.m. at Charter Alternative Academy in Ivanhoe, two separate gang fights erupted between six students. A deputy assigned as a School Resource Officer (SRO) was on campus when the fights began and was able to quickly control two of the aggressors. With the help of school administrators, the deputy was able to keep the disturbance to a minimum. Within minutes, three additional deputies arrived, assisted with the investigation and arrested three of the six students who were deemed the primary aggressors. All of the students involved were under the juveniles and there names are being withheld because they are under the age of 18. No weapons were used or located during this incident. The immediate action taken by school administrators and the SRO Deputy prevented further injury to attending students and staff.  One student was treated on scene by a school nurse for minor injuries to his lip.  All involved students’ parents were notified of the incident. 

The school was locked down for approximately one hour without further delay or inconvenience to the community. School staff will handle the other participants in the melee administratively. The Sheriff’s Tulare Area Gang and Narcotics Enforcement Team (TAGNET) will conduct follow up on this incident. 

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