A bulldozer was used to remove more than 600 pounds of dried marijuana from an Orosi home Monday morning.
Tulare County’s Resource Management Agency and deputies served an abatement warrant at the home in the 4300 block of Road 140.
It didn’t take long for them to spot the nearly 900 marijuana plants.
Detectives quickly went into action. Members of the Tulare Area Gang and Narcotic Enforcement Team began the long process of clearing the home of the drugs.
During the search, detectives said they found items related to a honey oil lab along with several illegal rifles and large capacity magazines.
Two people were found at the home and are believed to be responsible for the grow, deputies said. The men, Isacc Zavala, and Giovanni Dominguez Sanchez, 21, were questioned by detectives and later arrested.
They were booked into Tulare County Pretrial Facility on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance, maintaining a residence for drug use and/or sales, cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sales, manufacturing of marijuana, possession of a concentrated cannabis, possession of a large capacity magazine.
Sanchez’s bail was set at $250,000. Zavala’s bail was set at $2 million.
A total of 888 marijuana plants were destroyed.
Detectives also found and destroyed 57 pounds of processed marijuana, 629 pounds of dried marijuana plants and 1.5 pounds of concentrated marijuana.
The street value of the drugs is estimated to be in the thousands.
Last month, detectives and RMA officials uncover grow sites in Lindsay and Visalia.
While at a home in the 21200 block of Avenue 245 in Lindsay, deputies discovered roughly 2,400 marijuana plants. Sergio Pineda, 18, and Rolando Soto, 38, were arrested in connection to the illegal grow site, deputies said.
Law enforcement then went to check on a suspected grow site in Visalia.
Deputies found 500 plants at a home in the 25700 block of Hypericum Road in Visalia. Detectives believe three men are responsible for the grow — Aldofo Cruz, 28, Pablo Ponce, 52, and Alberto Panera, 33.
Anyone with information regarding the illegal grow sites can call the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office at 733-6218. An anonymous tip can be left by voice message or sending a text message to TIPNOW at725-4194 or sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
By: Sheyanne N Romero, Visalia Times Delta