Turlock police bust sophisticated black-market cannabis operation across three cities

The Turlock Police Department’s S.W.A.T. team and supporting agencies served search warrants in three cities on Tuesday following an investigation into a sophisticated illegal black-market cannabis cultivation operation.

The Special Investigations Unit began the investigation last month, which revealed multiple addresses affiliated with the target location with 5 in the sheriff’s office jurisdiction, 2 in the city of Turlock, and one in the city of Ceres.

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The Turlock Police Department partnered with the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office, Merced County Sheriff’s Office, Ceres Police Department, Modesto Police Department, the Bureau of Cannabis Control, and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to serve the search warrants at the following locations:

  • 6400 block of West Main Street, Turlock
  • 700 block of North Faith Home Road, Turlock
  • 4900 block of South Prairie Flower Road, Turlock
  • 200 block of South Orange Street, Turlock
  • 1300 block of Hackett Road, Ceres

Over 5,500 marijuana plants were seized, along with 6 firearms, one was reported stolen.

Brigit Oseguera, 29, Jose Solis-Macedo, 32, Virgilio Jimenez, 37, all from Turlock were arrested and charged with multiple Health and Safety Code violations related to marijuana cultivation.

Steven Evans, 62, also from Turlock, was arrested and booked for possession of a stolen firearm, possession of a controlled substance while armed, and Health and Safety Code violations.

Additional charges and suspects are expected in the coming days.

Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to call Investigator Young at (209) 668-6575.

You may also contact the Turlock Police Department’s Tip Line at (209) 668-5550 extension 6780 or email at tpdtipline@turlock.ca.us.

You can also remain anonymous by calling Stanislaus Area Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 or (866) 602-7463 and you may be eligible for a cash reward.