On 8-14-2012, At approximately 7:20 AM, Deputies assigned to the Kern Narcotics Enforcement Team and the KCSD Major Violators Unit, served a search warrant at a parcel located just north of Weiser Road, approximately two miles west of HWY 33, near Lost Hills.
Deputies located a mobile home on the property with two large marijuana gardens surrounded by plywood approximately 1/8 mile east of the residence. Deputies made entry into the mobile home and were confronted by Antonio Mendez, age 69, who was physically resistive. Deputies had to use force to take him into custody.
A loaded 9 mm semi-automatic pistol was lying on a bed within feet of Mendez. The inside of the mobile home served as living quarters for the suspect and also as a processing station for Marijuana. Several large bags of marijuana leaves and several bags of processed marijuana bud were located in the home. Additionally, chickens were running throughout the home and a rooster was tied by his leg to a door knob.
Deputies located 1605 marijuana plants in the gardens behind the home. As Deputies were clearing the gardens, a vehicle, occupied by one subject, drove up to them. Upon seeing the Deputies and the patrol unit at the garden, the vehicle fled in reverse at a high rate of speed towards Weiser Road. The patrol unit pursued the vehicle. The vehicle quickly turned around and accelerated at a high rate of speed east on Weiser Road for approximately two miles.
The driver of the vehicle parked in an orchard and ran away on foot. He was captured by pursuing Deputies. The driver, Emanuel Alvarez, age 44, was transported back to the mobile home. It was determined, Alvarez, also lives at this residence. Another car arrived on scene. The driver of the vehicle, Jose Flores-Infante, age 33, was found to be an unlicensed driver.
A search of the car revealed an assault rifle in the trunk. It appeared the marijuana at this property was being grown under the guise of medical marijuana laws. Investigation revealed the grow was not within the guidelines set forth by California State Law.
All three suspects were arrested and booked into the Kern County Jail for Conspiracy, Cultivation, and Possession for Sales of Marijuana. Mendez was also charged with Resisting Arrest. Flores-Infante was also booked for Possession of an Assault Weapon and Driving Unlicensed. Alvarez had additional charges of Evading a Peace Officer, Resisting Arrest, and Driving Unlicensed.

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