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Press Release: Illegal Marijuana Grow Operation
Agency: Riverside County Sheriff’s Department
Station Area: Lake Elsinore
Written Date: December 24, 2019 Time: 9:30 A.M.
Incident Date: December 24, 2019 Time: 9:30 A.M.
Incident Location: Via Sarah, Wildomar
Reporting Officer: Sergeant Glenn Warrington #2506
File Number(s): WI192990033

Details:

At the end of November, deputies assigned to the Lake Elsinore Sheriff’s Station received complaints regarding possible illegal marijuana cultivation occurring within the city of Wildomar, Riverside County.

On December 24, 2019, at the direction of Sheriff Chad Bianco, deputies served a search warrant on 25800 block of Via Sarah.  As a result of the search warrant, marijuana plants were located and collected. In addition, the electrical system within the residence had been illegally altered causing a severe fire hazard and theft of utilities. The estimated theft of utilities for the last year was valued by Edison at approximately $30,000.  The entire residence was turned into an illegal marijuana cultivation. There was no one located at the residence.

Wildomar Code Enforcement deemed the house uninhabitable.  Edison Company responded out to the residence and turned the power off to the residence due to the illegal wiring throughout the residence. 

This is an ongoing investigation.  Anyone with additional information is encouraged to contact Deputy Carlson at the Lake Elsinore Sheriff’s Station (951) 245-3300. 

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

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