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Press Release: Marijuana Cultivation & Theft of Utilities
Agency: Riverside County Sheriff’s Department
Station Area: Hemet
Written Date: February 10, 2020 Time: 1:30 P.M.
Incident Date: February 10, 2020 Time: 10:00 A.M.
Incident Location: 43000 Block of Mayberry Ave., Hemet
Reporting Officer: Sergeant James Burton
File Number(s): D200410024


On February 10, 2020, after receiving numerous complaints via the We-Tip Crime Reporting Hotline, personnel from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, with the assistance of Riverside County Code Enforcement, Riverside County Animal Control and Southern California Edison, served a marijuana cultivation related search warrant in the 43000 Block of Mayberry Ave., Hemet.  During the service, 1390 marijuana plants were eradicated, and 300 pounds of processed marijuana was collected, for a total combined weight of approximately a half ton.  Sixty-two lights and ballasts were also removed from the residence.  Southern California Edison determined the suspect(s) had been stealing electricity by bypassing the breaker. 

  • 42-year-old Chen Chun was arrested and booked for Marijuana Cultivation and Utility Theft.


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.   Criminal activity can also be reported through the We-Tip Crime Reporting Hotline, (909) 987-5005 or https://wetip.com

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