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Posted on: January 14, 2021

Marijuana Cultivation Eradication



Sheriff Chad Bianco

Press Release:Marijuana Cultivation Eradication
Station Area:Anza and Aguanga
Written Date:January 13, 2021Time:4:43 PM
Incident Date:January 13, 2021Time:6:00 AM
Incident Location:Anza and Aguanga
Reporting Officer:Sergeant James Burton
File Number(s):Multiple


On January 13, 2021, personnel from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, Riverside County Code Enforcement, California Department of Fish and Wildlife and California Department of Food and Agriculture served five marijuana cultivation related search warrants in the unincorporated county areas of Anza and Aguanga. During the service, approximately 6795 plants were eradicated, and 2244 pounds of processed marijuana was collected, for a total combined weight of approximately two and a half tons. Two firearms, (one assault rifle and one handgun), were collected for evidence.

The following suspects were arrested for Marijuana Cultivation, (charges will be filed with the District Attorney’s Office):

  • 34-year-old Anza resident Edgar Mares
  • 37-year-old Anza resident Marlyn Liddle
  • 56-year-old Aguanga resident Pasith Khamphanh
  • 46-year-old Aguanga resident Samlith Linhthasack
  • 53-year-old Aguanga resident Bounma McKenyon
  • 70-year-old Aguanga resident Vang Phommachanh

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. Criminal activity can also be reported through the We-Tip Crime Reporting Hotline, (909) 987-5005 or

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