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Press Release: Marijuana Cultivation
Agency: Riverside County Sheriff’s Department
Station Area: Hemet
Written Date: December 12, 2019 Time: 11:30 A.M.
Incident Date: December 12, 2019 Time: 5:00 A.M.
Incident Location: 43000 Block of Castile Canyon Rd., Soboba Indian Reservation
Reporting Officer: Sergeant James Burton
File Number(s): SB193460002


On December 12, 2019, at the direction of Sheriff Chad Bianco, personnel from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department served a marijuana cultivation related search warrant on the Soboba Indian Reservation.  During the service, approximately 4100 immature plants and 145 mature marijuana plants were eradicated and 183 pounds of processed marijuana was collected, for a total combined weight of over a half ton.  The following suspects were arrested and booked for Marijuana Cultivation:

  • 32-year-old Phillip Basquez
  • 25-year-old Elpidio Morales
  • 24-year-old Salvador Hernandez-Leon
  • 25-year-old Gerardo Hernandez-Cardenas
  • 27-year-old Lamberto Hernandez-Santiago
Phillip Basquez Elpidio Morales Salvador Hernandez-Leon
Gerardo Hernandez-Cardenas   Lamberto Hernandez-Santiago


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 a tip using the Sheriff's CrimeTips online form.

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