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Press Release: ILLEGAL MARIJUANA CULTIVATION SEARCH WARRANTS
Agency: Coachella Valley Narcotics Task Force (CVNTF)
Station Area: Palm Desert
Written Date: January 24, 2018 Time: 1:00 PM
Incident Date: January 23, 2018 Time: 9:30 AM
Incident Location: Residence located near the intersection of Florentina Drive & Vistara Drive, Rancho Mirage and 31600 block of Date Palm Drive, Cathedral City
Reporting Officer: CVNTF Sergeant Brad Farwell
File Number(s): CV18023001 & CV18023002

Details:

On January 23, 2018, at approximately 9:30 AM, deputies and officers assigned to the Coachella Valley Narcotics Task Force (CVNTF), with assistance from the Riverside County Special Investigations Bureau and the Rancho Mirage Police Department, served a search warrant at a residence located near the intersection of Florentina Drive & Vistara Drive, located within the city of Rancho Mirage. An illegal indoor marijuana grow was located at the residence.

The search warrant resulted in the confiscation of approximately 150 marijuana plants and approximately 50 pounds of processed marijuana. It was discovered that the home had illegally bypassed the power resulting in approximately $9,000 worth of electricity having been stolen. The Rancho Mirage Code Enforcement as well as Southern California Edison responded to the location due to the illegal setup and existing hazards. 

35-year-old, Zhong Jian Yang, and 36-year-old, Yonghau Yang, both residents of Rancho Mirage were located and arrested at the residence. Both were transported and booked into the Riverside County Jail, located in the city of Indio for illegal marijuana cultivation and theft of utilities. 

Zhong Jian Yang Yonghau Yang

  While at the residence CVNTF members discovered evidence of another possible indoor illegal marijuana cultivation location at a residence located within the 31600 block of Date Palm Drive, located within the city of Cathedral City. A search warrant was written and served at the location.

 

The search warrant resulted in the confiscation of approximately 1,200 marijuana plants. It was discovered that the home had illegally bypassed the power resulting in approximately $27,000 worth of electricity having been stolen. The Cathedral City Code Enforcement as well as Southern California Edison responded to the location due to the illegal setup and existing hazards. No arrests were made at this location.

This is an active and ongoing investigation and no further information will be released. Anyone with additional information about this case is encouraged to contact CVNTF member Deputy LaFond at (760) 323-8662.

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

 

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