Mountain Sweep nets parolee on drug charges and vehicle theft

A Coarsegold man on parole is behind bars facing felony narcotic charges and vehicle theft.

Brandon Carl Whetten, 36, remains jailed on a no-bail hold after his arrest Monday during a Mountain Probation search at his home located on Wells Road.

A $50,000 8-foot long caterpillar parked at a construction site on Glacier Ct. vanished sometime between Friday, April 25 and Monday, April 28.

As one deputy was taking a theft report of the stolen caterpillar, another deputy was carrying out a probation sweep, and discovered the missing tractor on the suspect’s property. In addition the stolen tractor, deputies also discovered and eradicated 252 marijuana plants.

Whetten, who is reportedly on parole for vehicular manslaughter in Arizona, was taken into custody and booked into Madera County Department of Corrections. He is due to appear in Court later this month.

-Madera County Sheriff's Office