A man was arrested Tuesday after law enforcement officers in Tulare County found him working in a garden with thousands of marijuana plants, the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office said.
At 8 a.m. law enforcement officers served a code enforcement abatement warrant at a home in the 44000 block of Deer Creek Road in Pine Flat.
Detectives with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office TAGNET (Tulare Area Gang and Narcotic Enforcement Team) and TAGNET Majors assisted Resource Management Agency in the search.
Detectives found an illegal marijuana grow on the property, the Sheriff’s Office said. Detectives also found several firearms, including illegal large-capacity magazines.
During the operation of eradicating the illegal grow sites, detectives also found a large amount of trash and the diversion of the natural waterways in the area, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Olmedo Hernandez, 46, was found in the marijuana garden and was later taken into custody on charges of cultivation of marijuana with environmental damage, not having a permit for marijuana, cultivation for water discharge and possession of illegal firearm magazines.
Hernandez was taken to the Porterville substation where he was booked and later taken to the Adult Pre-Trial Facility.
A total of 6,161 marijuana plants were found and destroyed, the Sheriff’s Office said.