RIVERSIDE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT
Sheriff Chad Bianco
|Press Release:||Illegal Marijuana Grow Operation|
|Station Area:||Lake Elsinore|
|Written Date:||September 4, 2020||Time:||4:00 PM|
|Incident Date:||September 4, 2020||Time:||1:00 PM|
|Incident Location:||10 Block of Via Del Lago Lake Elsinore|
|Reporting Officer:||Sergeant Glenn Warrington|
In the beginning of September, deputies assigned to the Lake Elsinore Sheriff’s Stations Problem Oriented Policing Team received information regarding a possible illegal marijuana cultivation occurring within the City of Lake Elsinore, in the area known as Tuscany Hills.
On September 4, 2020, deputies served a search warrant in the 10 block of Via Del Lago. The entire residence was transformed using common building materials into a marijuana cultivation site. The electrical system within the residence had been illegally altered causing a severe fire hazard. Southern California Edison Company responded to the residence and determined approximately $40,000 in electricity was stolen. Southern California Edison turned the power off to the residence due to the illegal wiring throughout the residence.
Approximately 954 marijuana plants in various stages of growth were located during the search warrant. Asu Huang, a 55-year-old resident of Lake Elsinore, was located, arrested, and booked into the Cois Byrd Detention Center without incident for Illegal Marijuana Cultivation, Utility Theft, and Maintaining a Drug House.
This is an ongoing investigation. Anyone with additional information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Deputy Meissen at the Lake Elsinore Sheriff’s Station (951) 245-3300.
As a reminder, "Community Policing" involves partnerships between law enforcement and community members. Business owners and residents are encouraged to report criminal activity directly to law enforcement by calling Sheriff’s Dispatch at (951) 776-1099, or by calling 911 if the matter is an emergency.
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