County deputies arrest a dozen in gang sweep

Visalia Times-Delta Staff reports • October 20, 2008

Tulare County Sheriff’s Department deputies made a dozen arrests at various locations in a pair of “gang-suppression sweeps” Friday and Saturday.

The arrests were the result of six probation-related searches, numerous traffic stops and other contacts, deputies reported. Also involved in the operation were members of the Tulare County Probation Department, the California Highway Patrol and the Visalia Police Department.

The following were arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, possession of an illegal firearm, participation in a criminal street gang and conspiracy:

  • Javier Sahagun, 18, Visalia.
  • Humberto Melchor, 20, Cutler.
  • Michael Baleras, 18, Cutler.
  • George Lua, 22, Orosi.
  • Valdez, Pasqual, 22, Cutler.
  • Unidentified 15-year-old boy, Visalia.The following were arrested on suspicion of possession of an illegal firearm, conspiracy and participation in a criminal street gang:
  • Juan Talingo-Garcia, 19, Orosi.
  • Aaron Mendoza, 28, Dinuba.
  • Unidentified 16-year-old girl, Orosi.The following were arrested on suspicion of public drunkenness and resisting:
  • Adrian Martinez, 20, Cutler.
  • Unidentified 16-year-old boy, Cutler.A final suspect, Juan Valdez, 20, of Cutler was arrested on suspicion of public drunkenness.

    Porterville police made six arrests Saturday in response to a shooting incident on the 200 block of North Meadow Street in Porterville, police reported.

    All suspects are Porterville residents.

    After obtaining a search warrant for 295 N. Meadows St., police conducted a search and arrested David Perez, 20, Christian Tapia, 28, Orlando Martinez, Armando Ceballos and a 16-year-old on suspicion of being members of a criminal street gang.

    Maria Tapia, 26, was arrested on an outstanding warrant.

    She was released after being cited, along with another 16-year-old.

    Ceballos also faces a felony arrest warrant and charges of resisting arrest and being a felon in possession of ammunition. He was booked into the Tulare County Main Jail and held without bail.

    Martinez, Perez and Christian Tapia are being held on suspicion of resisting arrest and being felons in possession of ammunition. All are being held in lieu of $25,000 bail at Tulare County Mail Jail, Porterville police reported.


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