Riverside County Raids Lead to Arrests, Seizure of 6,420 Marijuana Plants
Riverside County sheriff's personnel have carried out two raids on illegal marijuana growing operations within the past week.
A San Jacinto raid resulted in the seizure of 1,920 plants and two tons of processed marijuana on October 3. Two Washington state residents were also arrested. Riverside County sheriff’s authorities said the men used an illegal electrical bypass to skirt $140,000 in utility payments.
Two days later, the sheriff department’s Marijuana Enforcement Team (MET) and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife targeted outdoor illegal grows in Anza.
From a press release:
Over the course of the operation team members worked to eradicate illegal cultivation sites on over 140 acres of private land. Over 4,500 marijuana plants were eradicated. In addition, over 11,000 pounds of processed marijuana were recovered from a warehouse and multiple makeshift processing sheds. The combination of processed marijuana and future harvest of the eradicated plants has an estimated street value of $36 million.
These illegal cultivations cause deforestation, destroy wildlife habitats, pose a threat to the citizens of Riverside County, and utilize hazardous chemical pollutants that cause damage to the environment. The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department remains dedicated to eradicating these illegal cultivation sites.