A Turlock Police investigation that began with an anonymous tip led to the arrest of three people and the seizure of guns, cash and narcotics.
In July, the police department’s Special Investigations Unit received an anonymous tip about criminal activity and a possible illegal marijuana cultivation at a residence in the 3000 block of Village Park Court.
Around 8:50 a.m. Thursday, detectives served a search warrant at the home. Accompanied by Stanislaus County Probation Officer Elise Schwartz and her K9 Java, who is trained to sniff out firearms, ammunition and narcotics, detectives located more than 300 marijuana plants, over $40,000 dollars in cash, one rifle, three handguns, ammunition and evidence of illegal firearm manufacturing, said Turlock Police spokesman Sgt. Michael Parmley.
The investigation resulted in the arrests of Arisbel Gutierrez-Fabela, 27, Chantel Alvarado, 21, and Paul Gutierrez-Fabela, 28, all of Turlock. The three were arrested on suspicion of cultivation of marijuana and possession of marijuana for sales. There is a fourth subject who is outstanding and a person of interest in this on-going investigation. At this time, other criminal violations are being considered for all four, Parmley said.
Turlock Police Detectives ask that anyone with information, to call Detective Michael Cervantez at (209) 668-5550 extension 6744. People can also contact the Turlock Police Department’s Tip Line at (209) 668-5550 extension 6780 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Turlock Police Department is an active participant in the Crime Stoppers Program. Callers can leave an anonymous tip by calling Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 and may be eligible for a cash reward.