CORCORAN — A probation check at a home in Corcoran led to the discovery of a “chop shop” operation, said California Highway Patrol officials.
During the probation check, law enforcement personnel said they found the chop shop operation in the back of the home and located two reported stolen pickup trucks.
Officials said they found a stolen Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck that was stripped to its bare frame on the premises and another stolen Chevrolet pickup truck that was still operable. They also located a loaded firearm.
CHP Central Division Investigators conducted the check on Oct. 20 at the residence of 29-year-old Francisco Javier Medrano in Corcoran along with Kings County Sheriff’s Office Ag Detectives and personnel from the Kings County Gang Task Force.
Investigators said they detained Medrano, Jose Antonio Zamora-Reyes, 28, Melissa Medellin and Carolina Hernandez Iniguez at the premises. They said Medellin was found to be on active Kings County Probation.
Investigators said Medrano and Reyes were arrested on suspicion of vehicle theft related offenses and firearms violations, and Medellin and Iniguez were arrested on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance.
Authorities said all four adults were transported and booked into the Kings County jail.
Any questions regarding this can be directed to the Hanford CHP Public Information Officer John Tyler at 582-0231.