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Turlock Police Department, CA
Friday July 20th, 2018 :: 03:36 p.m. PDT


Search Warrant Service/Arrest

On Wednesday, July 18, 2018, at approximately 7:00 AM, Turlock Police Department’s Special Investigations Unit and SWAT Team served a search warrant at a residence in the 500 block of Grant Avenue. The warrant was obtained as a result of an investigation
into suspected marijuana cultivation taking place at the residence. During a search of the home, investigators located 130 marijuana plants, weighing over 300 pounds, growing in the backyard of the residence. In addition to the plants, a small amount of methamphetamine was seized.

As a result of the search warrant, three subjects were arrested and booked into Stanislaus County Jail. Pablo Cruz-Chavez, a 34 year old male from Turlock, was arrested for cultivation of marijuana and providing false information to a police officer at the scene. John Montgomery, a 55 year old male from Turlock, was arrested for cultivation of marijuana and two outstanding warrants. Johnathan Montgomery, a 29 year old male from Turlock, was arrested for child endangerment, two outstanding warrants, and possession of narcotics in jail.

“This is yet another example of the proactive work that the Special Investigations Unit conducts to make for a safer Turlock community. While certain marijuana laws have changed, the fact remains that large scale marijuana cultivation in the city of Turlock remains illegal and will not be tolerated. History has shown that neighborhood marijuana grows often lead to increased crime in the area, including robberies and shootings. Removing these illegal marijuana grows helps keep neighborhoods safer for everyone,” said Turlock Police Chief Ninus Amirfar.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call Detective Tony Argueta at 209-668-5550 ext. 6738. You can also contact the Turlock Police Department’s Tip Line at 209-668-5550 extension 6780 or email at

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.

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This information is being released by Turlock Police Department Sergeant Russ Holeman.

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Sergeant Russ Holeman
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Turlock Police Department
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Turlock Police Department, CA
244 North Broadway
Turlock, CA 95380

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