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Press Release: Illegal Marijuana Grow Operation    
Agency: Riverside County Sheriff’s Department
Station Area: Lake Elsinore
Written Date: February 14, 2020 Time: 10:00 A.M.
Incident Date: February 13, 2020 Time: 07:30 A.M.
Incident Location: City of Lake Elsinore
Reporting Officer: Sergeant Glenn Warrington #2506
File Number(s): L200240015

Details:

At the end of January, deputies assigned to the Lake Elsinore Sheriff’s Stations Problem Oriented Policing (POP) Team received complaints regarding possible illegal marijuana cultivation occurring within the city of Lake Elsinore, Riverside County.  On February 14, 2020, at the direction of Sheriff Chad Bianco, the POP Team served a search warrant on the 40900 Block of Diana Lane.  As a result of the search warrant, 1,246 marijuana plants in various stages of growth were located and collected.  In addition, the electrical system within the residence had been illegally altered which presented a fire hazard and theft of utilities.  The estimated theft of utilities was valued by a revenue protection specialist from Southern California Edison at approximately $40,730.99. Lake Elsinore Code Enforcement and Building and Safety deemed the house uninhabitable.  Edison Company responded 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 McCracken at the Lake Elsinore Sheriff’s Station (951) 245-3300.

As a reminder, "Community Policing" involves partnerships between law enforcement and community members.  Business owners and residents are encouraged to report criminal activity directly to law enforcement by calling Sheriff's Dispatch at (951) 776-1099, or by calling 911 if the matter is an emergency.

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

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