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Posted on: April 20, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Marijuana Cultivation Search Warrants



Sheriff Chad Bianco

Press Release:Marijuana Cultivation Search Warrants
Station Area:Anza
Written Date:April 20, 2020Time:6:30 PM
Incident Date:April 20, 2020Time:6:00 AM
Incident Location:Anza
Reporting Officer:Sergeant James Burton
File Number(s):Several


On April 20, 2020, personnel from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department and Riverside County Code Enforcement served eight marijuana cultivation related search warrants in the unincorporated county area known as Anza. During the service, approximately 4,194 plants were eradicated and 383 pounds of processed marijuana was collected, for a total combined weight of approximately three tons. Two firearms, (one rifle and one handgun), were collected for evidence. A dismantled Honey Oil Laboratory was located and collected. Two containers of toxic pesticides that have been banned in the United States for endangering domestic animals and wildlife and are known hazards to the water table were located at one of the locations.

The following suspects were arrested for Marijuana Cultivation, (charges will be filed with the District Attorney’s Office):

  • 56-year-old Anza resident Christopher Easterling
  • 55-year-old Anza resident Rhonda Easterling
  • 30-year-old Union City resident Jesus Ojeda
  • 67-year-old Anza resident Pedro Campo-Hernandez

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


The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department is seeking applicants for Deputy Sheriff, Deputy Sheriff Trainee, Correctional Deputy, Sheriff’s 911 Communications Officer, and other employment opportunities such as clerical and support positions.  If you are interested in a career with us, please visit our recruiting page or call 1-888-Join-RSD

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