RIVERSIDE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT
Sheriff Chad Bianco
|Press Release:||Illegal Marijuana Grow Operation|
|Station Area:||Lake Elsinore|
|Written Date:||October 10, 2020||Time:||6:30 PM|
|Incident Date:||October 9, 2020||Time:||8:00 AM|
|Incident Location:||36000 block of Hermosa Drive, Lake Elsinore|
|Reporting Officer:||Sergeant Glenn Warrington|
In the beginning of October, 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 Canyon Hills.
On October 9, 2020, deputies served a search warrant in the 36000 block of Hermosa Drive. 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 electricity was stolen with an amount to be determined later. Southern California Edison turned the power off to the residence due to the illegal wiring throughout the residence. Lake Elsinore Code and Building and Safety responded to the location and deemed the residence unsafe to occupy. The residence was red tagged.
Approximately 1819 marijuana plants in various stages of growth were located during the search warrant. Nobody was located inside the residence.
This is an ongoing investigation. Anyone with additional information is encouraged to contact Deputy Carlson 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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