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Posted on: June 8, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Illegal Marijuana Grow



Sheriff Chad Bianco

Press Release:Illegal Marijuana Grow
Station Area:Lake Elsinore
Written Date:June 8, 2021Time:2:00 PM
Incident Date:June 8, 2021Time:7:00 AM
Incident Location:El Toro Road X Ellie Way, Lake Elsinore
Reporting Officer:Sergeant Jeff Reese
File Number(s):L211480030


On June 8, 2021, deputies assigned to the Lake Elsinore Station SET team, along with members of the Lake Elsinore Station Investigations bureau, served a search warrant in the area of El Toro Road X Ellie Way, in the city of Lake Elsinore, reference an illegal marijuana grow.

During the service of the search warrant, a large-scale outdoor marijuana grow was located with approximately 5100 marijuana plants in various stages of growth, and several pounds of processed marijuana. The estimated value of the plants was over three million dollars. Four suspects were arrested at the marijuana grow, Elias Vidal ( age 36), Gilberto Vidal (age 32), Loretto Navarro (age 26), and Jaime Vidal (age 19), all residents of Lake Elsinore were booked into Cois Byrd Detention Center on the charge of marijuana cultivation.

This is an ongoing investigation. Anyone with additional information 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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