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Madera County Man Tied To Major Drug Trafficking Operation

A two-year long investigation lands one man behind bars, but police still need the public's help.
A two year-long investigation, led by the Madera County Narcotic Enforcement Team (MADNET), dealt a blow to a Multi-State drug trafficking ring.

31-year old Lawrence Alexander Tidwell, a convicted felon, is accused of cultivation of marijuana, possessing marijuana for distribution, and felon in possession of a firearm.

MADNET’s case against Tidwell was made in conjunction with a parallel investigation involving organized crime behind the shipment of marijuana to regions in the Southwest region of the United States.

MADNET, with assistance from DEA agents, recently served a search warrant at an undisclosed residence where they seized 1,200 marijuana plants, evidence showing the marijuana was being grown for distribution, and four firearms, including an AK-47 style semi-automatic rifle, along more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition.

The US Attorney’s Office is prosecuting this case. Despite Tidwell’s arrest, this is investigation is far from over. 

Anyone with information should contact MADNET’s 24 hour tip line. That number is 559-675-7776.

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