RIVERSIDE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT
Sheriff Chad Bianco
|Press Release:||Indoor Marijuana Cultivation Search Warrants|
|Station Area:||San Jacinto|
|Written Date:||July 25, 2020||Time:||4:30 PM|
|Incident Date:||July 25, 2020||Time:||9:00 AM|
|Incident Location:||San Jacinto|
|Reporting Officer:||Sergeant Julio Olguin|
On Saturday, July 25, 2020, personnel from the San Jacinto Sheriff’s Station served five search warrants related to illegal indoor residential marijuana grows and marijuana sales. During the warrant service, a total of approximately 4600 plants were eradicated from these residences along with 40 pounds of processed marijuana. A total combined weight of approximately one and a half tons of marijuana was collected from these locations. Deputies also collected 151 fans, large amounts of packaging, 2 digital scales, 199 lights and 199 ballast. At one of these illegal grows deputies detained Zequ Wu a 54-year-old Los Angeles resident. Wu was arrested for Maintaining a drug house, Theft of utilities, Marijuana cultivation and Marijuana sales. He was booked at Larry Smith Correctional Facility. Edison responded and located an illegal electrical by-pass underneath the electrical meters at four of these indoor grows, the fifth grow was solar powered. The estimated total theft of utilities is $368,000.
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.