Bags of marijuana found in baby’s crib at Dinuba home, Tulare Sheriff says


An inactive honey oil lab. A stolen quad. A total of 145 marijuana plants and 30 pounds of processed marijuana. Drug paraphernalia. Bags of marijuana in a baby’s crib. That’s what Tulare County Sheriff’s detectives say they found inside a Dinuba home on Friday.

At 5 p.m., detectives with the Sheriff’s Office’s TAGNET (Tulare Area Gang and Narcotic Enforcement Team) were called to the 42000 block of Road 72 in Dinuba to conduct a probation compliance check and serve a felony arrest warrant for 43-year-old Macial Zepeda.

While detectives were at the home they noticed concentrated cannabis throughout the inside and outside of the house, along with an inactive honey oil lab, the Sheriff’s Office said.

A further search found 30 pounds of processed marijuana, 145 marijuana plants, drug paraphernalia, scales, and other items associated with sales of marijuana, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Detectives also found and recovered a stolen quad.

Detectives contacted Sandra Gomez-Jimenez, 36, and Guadalupe Cardenas, 62, at the home and arrested Gomez-Jimenez.

Gomez-Jimenez faces charges of child endangerment and possession of controlled cannabis.

They also arrested Guadalupe Cardenas on a non-related felony arrest warrant for criminal threats, the Sheriff’s Office said. They were transported and booked at the Adult Pre-Trial Facility. 

At that time, detectives were also looking for 56-year-old Santiago Cardenas for questioning on the case. 

The following day around 10 p.m., Santiago Cardenas was found in Dinuba as officers were responding to a suspicious person call.

He was turned over to TAGNET detectives.

He was questioned and booked into the Tulare County Sheriff Adult Pre-trial Facility on charges of manufacturing a controlled substance, marijuana cultivation, possession of marijuana for sale, maintaining a place to sell narcotics and child endangerment.

Anyone with information should call the Sheriff’s Office at 559-733-6218 or send anonymous information by sending a text or email to or call 559-725-4194.

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