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Press Release: Marijuana Cultivation Search Warrants
Agency: Riverside County Sheriff’s Department
Station Area: Hemet
Written Date: February 11, 2020 Time: 7:00 P.M.
Incident Date: February 11, 2020 Time: 6:00 A.M.
Incident Location: Aguanga
Reporting Officer: Sergeant James Burton
File Number(s): Several


On February 11, 2020, personnel from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, California Water Board, Riverside County Code Enforcement, and the Riverside Auto Theft Interdiction Detail served six marijuana cultivation related search warrants in the unincorporated county area known as Aguanga.  During the service, approximately 9946 plants were eradicated and 411 pounds of processed marijuana was collected, for a total combined weight of approximately two tons.  A disassembled Honey Oil Laboratory was discovered, the apparatus was booked for evidence.  Four firearms, (three rifles including an SKS Assault Rifle, and one handgun), were collected for evidence.  One Kabota Tractor, one Polaris ATV and two generators were also collected.  Two stolen vehicles were located on one of the properties.

The following suspects were arrested and booked:

  • 27-year-old Garden Grove resident Israel Yanez for Marijuana Cultivation
  • 35-year-old Aguanga resident Brian Heim for Marijuana Cultivation and Manufacturing Honey Oil
  • 44-year-old Aguanga resident Jacob Buckmaster for Marijuana Cultivation and Manufacturing Honey Oil
  • 32-year-old Aguanga resident Mitchell Rumer for Marijuana Cultivation
Israel Yanez Brian Heim Jacob Buckmaster

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.

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

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