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Posted on: June 19, 2020

Illegal Marijuana Cultivation

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RIVERSIDE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT

Sheriff Chad Bianco

Press Release:Illegal Marijuana Cultivation
Station Area:San Jacinto
Written Date:June 19, 2020Time:4:00 PM
Incident Date:June 19, 2020Time:7:00 AM
Incident Location:San Jacinto
Reporting Officer:Lieutenant Ken Reichle 
File Number(s):Numerous


Details:

On Friday, June 19, 2020, personnel from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, Hemet Police Department, and Riverside County DA’s Office GIT Team served twenty-three search warrants related to illegal indoor residential marijuana grows, marijuana sales and conspiracy in the cities of San Jacinto, Hemet, Corona, Eastvale, Rialto, El Monte, South El Monte, West Covina, Rosemead, Lower Azusa and Calexico.  During the warrant service, a total of approximately 20,000 plants were eradicated from these residences along with 100 pounds of processed marijuana. A total combined weight of approximately two tons of marijuana was collected from these locations. Deputies also collected 338 fans, large amounts of packaging, and 620 lights and ballasts. California Edison responded and located an illegal electrical by-pass underneath the electrical meters at fifteen separate indoor grows, the estimated total theft of utilities is $1,705,066.00. Approximately $1,000,000 in total US currency were collected for asset forfeiture from these locations. In addition to the search warrants Deputies froze 25 different bank accounts containing an undisclosed amount of US currency pending seizure. 

These search warrants are the culmination of a four-month long investigation into a drug trafficking organization from China operating in our city and neighboring counties. This investigation started when San Jacinto Sheriff’s Special Enforcement Team (SET) began identifying and serving search warrants for illegal indoor residential marijuana grows within our city limits. While investigating each of these grows, San Jacinto SET determined they were all being financed and cared for by the same group of individuals originating out of the Los Angeles area. San Jacinto SET authored additional warrants for financial records, property information, cell phones and tracker warrants. This information assisted San Jacinto SET in identifying target locations in the cities of San Jacinto, Hemet, Corona, Rialto, Rosemead, El Monte, South El Monte, Arcadia, West Covina, Eastvale and near the Mexico border in Calexico. As this investigation continued San Jacinto SET identified those suspects profiting and responsible for financing these illegal indoor residential marijuana grows. 

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The following suspects were arrested for Maintaining a Drug House, Theft of Utilities, Marijuana Cultivation, Marijuana Sales, and Conspiracy: 

•          47-year old Hemet resident Min Xue

•          27-year old San Jacinto resident Jiabin Zhao

•          53-year old San Jacinto resident Tsen Kang

•          25-year old San Jacinto resident Chen Cuizhen

•          36-year old San Jacinto resident Dong Wong

•          47-year old Rialto resident Chen Lianxiao

•          50-year old Rialto resident Jingijan Zen

•          34-year old San Jacinto resident Zihe Zhong

•          55-year old San Jacinto resident Chenfung Ma

•          50-year old San Jacinto resident Xuying Wang

•          57-year old Hemet resident Jimming Su

•          46-year old Rosemead resident Yuling Rong

•          45-year old Arcadia resident Yue Xiao

•          21-year old Arcadia resident Weifeng Wu

•          50-year old El Monte resident Riu Ju Tan

•          34-year old El Monte resident Wen Chang Mai

•          41-year old Calexico resident Yue Xiao

•          41-year old El Monte resident Chong Huan Zhen

•          53-year old El Monte resident Jiang Qing Huang

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.  Indoor marijuana cultivation negatively impacts the neighborhoods, property value and environment. It diminishes and poisons 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 Special Enforcement Team can be reached at the San Jacinto Sheriff’s Station at (951) 654-2702.  Criminal activity can also be reported through the We-Tip Crime Reporting Hotline, (909) 987-5005 or wetip.com.

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