At 1:20 am on Monday, Fresno County Sheriff’s dispatchers received a call from a 29 year old man saying he had been shot.  Deputies responded to a home on the 3400 block of W. Olive Ave. in Fresno and found the victim.  He was transported to the hospital and is listed in critical condition.

Detectives learned from the victim’s roommate that a group of three to five men kicked open the door to the home and threatened them at gunpoint.  During an exchange of words, one of the suspects fired a shotgun, striking the man in the torso.  The suspects searched several rooms of the house before leaving.

During the investigation, it became apparent to detectives that the suspects were there to steal drugs because they discovered 75 marijuana plants growing in an outdoor shed.  The shed showed signs of an attempted break-in, but no plants were missing.  Detectives also found a BHO (Butane Honey Oil) lab inside the home.  A short distance away from the BHO lab were dozens of illegal fireworks, which presented a major hazard.  Detectives seized all drugs and fireworks.  No arrests have been made at this time.

Anyone who has additional information on this case is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at (559) 600-3111.  You may also call Crime Stoppers at (559) 498-7867 or  You will remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.

Under California’s Prop 64 law, a person 21 year or older is allowed to grow a maximum of six marijuana plants inside a private residence or accessory structure that is fully enclosed and secure.

Fresno County enforces a strict ban on all cannabis cultivation where more than six plants are present.  Violations could result in several consequences:

1. Growers can be arrested.

2. Growers can face heavy fines starting at $1,000 per plant.

3. Property owners, including family members, can be fined too.

4. Prop. 215/SB 420 compliance will not stop enforcement.

5. Additional fines, interest, legal fees and costs of abatement can be charged.  

6. County can place lien on property for unpaid fines.

The Sheriff’s Office takes all tips seriously and encourages the public to report suspected marijuana grow sites.  If you are aware of any type of illegal drug activity, report it anonymously by calling the Narcotics Hotline at 1-800-660-1086 or Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Contact Information

Tony Botti
Public Information Officer
(559) 600-8137
(559) 977-0379
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