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Posted on: June 25, 2021

Illegal Marijuana Grow

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RIVERSIDE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT

Sheriff Chad Bianco

Press Release:Illegal Marijuana Grow
Station Area:Lake Elsinore
Written Date:June 25, 2021Time:1:00 PM
Incident Date:June 25, 2021Time:8:30 AM
Incident Location:32700 block of Ortega Highway, Lake Elsinore
Reporting Officer:Sergeant Jeff Reese
File Number(s):F211760014


Details:

On June 25, 2021, deputies assigned to the Lake Elsinore Station Special Enforcement Team served a search warrant in the 32700 block of Ortega Highway, in the unincorporated area of Lake Elsinore/Cleveland National Forest, reference an illegal marijuana grow.

During the service of the search warrant, a large-scale outdoor marijuana grow was located with approximately 4000 marijuana plants in various stages of growth. The estimated value of the plants was over one million dollars. In addition to the marijuana plants, a large sum of U.S. currency and a rifle were located.

Christopher Sly, age 55, a resident of Lake Elsinore and Bartolo Chavez, age 53, were arrested and booked into Cois Byrd Detention Center for marijuana sales and marijuana cultivation.

This is an ongoing investigation. Anyone with additional information is encouraged to contact Deputy Chambers 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

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.

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


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