Two women survived the attack by hiding in a trailer on the property. Boudreaux said they told investigators that people on the property saw intruders approaching on surveillance cameras.
“They could see two men sneaking onto the property … but by the time they came on [the video feed], it was too late to do anything,” he said.
The slayings stunned the quiet community of Goshen, a mostly Latino community of about 5,000.
Bisected by Highway 99, with a sparse law enforcement presence, acres of wide open land and a highly mobile population of farmworkers, the area has served as a smugglers’ paradise since at least the 1970s.
In more recent decades, the area has been home to the production of meth and the cultivation of both legal and illegal marijuana.
Some of the most prominent — and most violent — figures of Mexico’s recent drug wars have ties to Tulare [County]