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Posted on: May 27, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Marijuana Cultivation Search Warrants



Sheriff Chad Bianco

Press Release:Marijuana Cultivation Search Warrants 
Station Area:Aguanga and Anza
Written Date:May 27, 2020Time:9:00 PM
Incident Date:May 27, 2020Time:6:00 AM
Incident Location:Several Locations in Aguanga and Anza
Reporting Officer:Sergeant James Burton
File Number(s):Several


On Wednesday, May 27, 2020, personnel from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and Riverside County Code Enforcement served seven marijuana cultivation related search warrants in the unincorporated county areas of Aguanga and Anza. During the service, approximately 14,861 plants were eradicated and 2050 pounds of processed marijuana was collected, for a total combined weight of approximately four tons. Eight firearms, (five rifles, two handguns and one shotgun), and approximately $8,000 in currency were collected for evidence. A container of toxic pesticide 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):

  • 82-year-old Aguanga resident Gene Richards
  • 41-year-old Aguanga resident Delfina Richards
  • 42-year-old El Monte resident Jose Chacon
  • 20-year-old Michoacán resident Edgar Florez-Ruiz
  • 25-year-old Michoacán resident Jose Torres-Lopez
  • 19-year-old Aguanga resident Christian Alcaras
  • 20-year-old Jalisco resident Gabriel Diaz-Ruiz
  • 17-year-old North Dakota female juvenile
  • 17-year-old Sun Valley male juvenile 

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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