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Press Release: Illegal Marijuana Cultivation Operation and Stolen Vehicle Chop Shop
Agency: Riverside County Sheriff’s Department
Station Area: Southwest
Written Date: 06/21/19 Time: 2:45 PM
Incident Date: 06/20/19 Time: 11:30 AM
Incident Location: 32300 Block of Yates Road, Unincorporated area of French Valley
Reporting Officer: Sergeant J. Wade
File Number(s): SW190710028


On June 20th, 2019, the Southwest Sheriff’s Station Special Enforcement Team ended a week long investigation regarding the suspected illegal cultivation of marijuana in the unincorporated area of French Valley. Based on evidence collected during the investigation, the Special Enforcement Team obtained and served a search warrant at a rural property in the 32300 block of Yates Road.  

Upon serving the search warrant, the deputies located three (3) large green houses, which had been erected on the property for the sole purpose of operating an illegal marijuana grow. In addition,  two (2) stolen vehicles were located in the garage and on the property. Both vehicles  were in different stages of being stripped.

Jesse Hobkirk Ruben Renteria

Six people were contacted at the location with four of those individuals being arrested for an assortment of criminal offenses.

  • Hobkirk, Jesse (3/14/94) Running a CHOP Shop operation, Maintaining a Drug House, Illegal Cultivation of Marijuana
  • Renteria, Ruben (1/5/69) Felony Warrant- Drug Violations, Possession of Stolen Property (Stolen Vehicle)
  • Wilson, Britain (11/23/65) Illegal Cultivation of Marijuana
  • Aguilar, Jose Luis (1/25/93) Illegal Cultivation of Marijuana

In total, the deputies seized more than 3,300 lbs. or marijuana plants from the property.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to please contact the Special Enforcement Team at 951-696-3000.

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

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