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Press Release: Marijuana Eradication Year End Totals
Agency: Riverside County Sheriff’s Department
Station Area: Hemet
Written Date: January 2, 2020 Time: 2:35 P.M.
Incident Date: 2019 Time:  
Incident Location: Hemet Station Jurisdiction
Reporting Officer: Sergeant James Burton
File Number(s): Several


At the beginning of 2019, Sheriff Chad Bianco directed the Hemet Station Investigations Bureau to aggressively seek out and eradicate illegal marijuana grows in the community.   Throughout 2019, the Hemet Station served nearly 250 search warrants for marijuana cultivation, eradiating almost 280,000 plants and destroying over 11,500 pounds of processed marijuana.  Over 233 tons of marijuana (with an estimated value of $466,000,000) was seized and taken to local landfills.  88 firearms and over $77,000 in cash were seized during the year and 82 arrests were made pursuant to the service of the search warrants.

The goal of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department is to keep all of our citizens safe while also improving the quality of life for those residing within the community.  Marijuana cultivation negatively impacts the environment in many ways including diminishing and poisoning the water table and pesticides adversely affecting the health of neighboring residents.  The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department has a zero-tolerance policy for these offenses.  If you suspect drug activity in your area, please contact your local Sheriff’s Station.  The Hemet Sheriff’s Station can be reached at (951) 791-3400 and the San Jacinto Sheriff’s Station can be reached at (951) 766-2400.

Citizens may also submit an anonymous tip using the Sheriff's CrimeTips online form.



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