Pair accused of attempting to steal marijuana in Tulare

A Hanford man and an unidentified teen police said broke into a west Tulare home attempting to steal marijuana plants were taken into custody early Thursday. Julio Cesar Ramo, 25, and a 17-year-old Tulare boy, whose name was withheld because he’s a minor, were arrested on suspicion of burglary and conspiracy. Ramo was booked into the Tulare County Main Jail, while the teen was sent to the Juvenile Detention Facility. According to police, officers responded at 1 a.m. Thursday to the 1000 block of Sherwood Court for reports of suspicious activity — two individuals jumping over a fence after arriving in a pickup. When officers arrived, the pair started to jump over fences, police said. Officers gave chase and arrested Ramo near Bardsley Avenue and E Street, police said. Additional officers responded and began searching area homes, police said. The officers then announced a police dog was going to be released. The teen then surrendered without further incident. Officers then located a .38-caliber Smith & Wesson revolver where the teen had been hiding. The handgun was seized as evidence, police said. Officers are also trying to find the truck used to take the men to the home. It’s undetermined how the two individuals knew where the marijuana was. The marijuana plants were being grown legally, Tulare Police Sgt. Darron Altermatt said. Tulare Building Director Mark Kielty said there’s no municipal code banning growing marijuana. “We haven’t got into that aspect,” he said. “It has never been an issue.”

Experiences in other areas

Not so for other California cities recently. Earlier this week, Clovis officials rejected banning growing medicinal marijuana. By city ordinance, Clovis prohibits pot dispensaries but permits indoor gardens for patients. The Clovis City Council adjusted the city ordinance and has now placed a limit on the pot gardens, which must be out of public sight. An outright ban on marijuana gardens could result in expensive litigation and slow down policing efforts to monitor cultivation, according to Clovis officials. In Southern California, Long Beach police and federal officers cracked down on medical marijuana clinics, raiding seven pot dispensaries and making 40 arrests Wednesday afternoon. Long Beach officials had decided to ban the clinics in August when a court ruling prohibited city regulation of the clinics. Marijuana possession and use remains a legal issue. Since 1996, it has been legal to possess and use medical marijuana in California. Federal law prohibits marijuana possession and use. The Sheriff’s Department deals constantly with marijuana gardens. Previously, the Sheriff’s Department reported county residents growing marijuana under the guise of medical use. However, some residents grow excess marijuana and then sell it to dispensaries. If the Tulare City Council is asked to consider an ordinance regarding medical marijuana, Kielty said city staff will likely look at codes in similar jurisdictions. “Then we would craft something for council consideration,” he said.

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