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Posted on: August 26, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Marijuana Cultivation Search Warrants



Sheriff Chad Bianco

Press Release:Marijuana Cultivation Search Warrants
Station Area:Anza
Written Date:August 26, 2020Time:3:15 PM
Incident Date:August 26, 2020Time:6:00 AM
Incident Location:Anza and Aguanga 
Reporting Officer:Sergeant James Burton
File Number(s):Several


On Wednesday, August 26, 2020, personnel from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, (including the Riverside Sheriff Marijuana Enforcement Team), with the assistance of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and Riverside County Code Enforcement, served five marijuana cultivation related search warrants in the unincorporated Hemet County areas known as Aguanga and Anza.  During the service, 3,338 marijuana plants were eradicated for a total weight of approximately two tons.  Seventeen firearms were located, including two assault rifles.  The following subjects were arrested for marijuana cultivation:

63-year-old Anza resident Gregory Burnett

56-year-old Anza resident Cynthia Barker

47-year-old Aguanga resident Robert Wake

33-year old Temecula resident  Ngoc Tang

57-year-old Aguanga resident Tavis Bryant

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.

For media inquiries regarding this incident please contact the Media Information Bureau.

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