Sep 082011

A man shot and killed south of Dinuba on Monday was tending to a marijuana garden, the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department said Tuesday.

The victim – Cesar Ramirez, 39, of Hayward – was staying on the property on the 38600 block of Road 64. He was found in the garden about 3:45 p.m. with a gunshot wound. He died at the scene.

Deputies went to the property after a 911 call about gunshots heard in the area, Eddie Jimenez reports in the Fresno Bee.

The marijuana garden had about 315 plants, deputies said.

The Sheriff’s Department is looking for two men who may have information about the shooting.

The first man goes by the name Gregorio, though his last name is not known. He also is known as “Goyo” or “Gollo.” He is Hispanic, about 38 years old and 5 feet, 9 inches tall with a medium build and black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a white long-sleeve shirt, blue-green jeans and boots.

The second man goes by the nickname of “Toricato.” He is Hispanic, 25 to 27 years old and 5 feet, 6 inches tall with medium build and black hair, brown eyes and mustache. He was last seen wearing a black baseball cap with a logo, blue T-shirt, blue jeans and white shoes with a black stripe. The two left the area in a black 2004 or 2005 four-door Dodge pickup.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Department at (800) 808-0488, send a text or call (559) 725-4194 or email

  3 Responses to “Man shot to death in Tulare County marijuana garden”

  1. It is very unfortunate that there has been some violence around valley gardens. The part that frustrates me is that the media blows it out of proportion and repeats the argument that there shouldn’t be gardens because of the violence. If you follow that logic then there shouldn’t be banks or convenience stores because people rob them.

  2. Agreed, Dan, but then it comes down to the sticky problem of how (and even whether) to regulate cultivation. It’s not as if the violence is entirely random; it typically happens near harvest time around larger gardens that may or may not be Prop. 215 compliant. The bad apples make it tough for everyone from law enforcement to patients whose small-scale gardens are seen as part of the problem.

    What we’re seeing now — in the ongoing absence of statewide regulations from the Legislature — is cities and counties attempting to pass cultivation regs through their land-use authority. The trend in Fresno and Kern counties, among others, is to ban cultivation or enforce a de facto ban through ridiculous limits on indoor lighting, for example. Some cities are more pragmatic, Redding and Sacramento among them. Mendocino County’s cultivation regs are being considered as one model to follow as Humboldt County weighs in on the issue, but now the feds are doing more saber-rattling about permitting any type of cultivation. (Big surprise there.)

    As we witness the tortuous shift from cannabis prohibition to cannabis regulation, it’s important to keep stories like this in perspective. We must realize that some people won’t obey the law no matter what, which makes it all the more important to reward those who make good-faith efforts at compliance. Sadly, that’s not the case in far too many California communities, where dispensaries and Prop. 215 growers are still treated as being guilty before proven innocent.

  3. It is true that legal growers who comply with existing laws and regulations continue to jump through hoops and try to comply with ambiguous laws that subject them to prosecution, there are many other growers who make no effort to comply with any regulations, I am still bothered by the fact that the legitimate growers are faced with uncertainty of prosecution.

    Of course I have disdain for those without regard to existing laws, I am more frustrated with the prosecution of growers who are bending over backwards to comply with constantly changing local regulations. For example, Fresno County’s ban on outdoor grows.

    Those growers who have spent money setting up or beginning to set up outdoor grows are now faced with the costs of moving operations indoor.

    Can you imagine what every pharmacy owner would do if suddenly tomorrow the county announced that all pharmacies had to maintain an ambient temperature of 71 degrees? Every CVS, Rite Aid, and Walgreens would be livid if they had to invest millions to comply with an arbitrary regulation?

    I do not have a cite to the report however I am pretty sure that I recently learned of a report that said that crime does not go up around marijuana grows and in fact crime goes down near marijuana grows.

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