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Posted on: November 15, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Marijuana Cultivation Search Warrants



Sheriff Chad Bianco

Press Release: Marijuana Cultivation Search Warrants
Station Area:Hemet
Written Date:November 15, 2019Time:1:15 PM
Incident Date:November 15, 2019Time:6:00 AM
Incident Location:34000 Block of East Benton Rd., Sage
Reporting Officer:Sergeant James Burton
File Number(s):Several


On November 15, 2019, at the direction of Sheriff Bianco, personnel from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Hemet Station, with the assistance of the Water Board, Riverside County Code Enforcement, and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife served three marijuana cultivation search warrants in the unincorporated county area known as Sage.  The three locations, all in the 34000 Block of E. Benton Rd., Sage, had been identified as possible sources of shots being fired in the direction of a deputy during a previous routine call for service in the area. 


During the service, 2253 plants and 619 pounds of processed marijuana were collected for a total of approximately four tons.  Three rifles, (two of which were classified as Assault Rifles), one handgun and one sawed off shotgun were seized.


One suspect, identified as 48-year-old Sage resident Gabriel Luna, was determined to be culpable for the cultivation of marijuana at the location.  A records check revealed Luna was a previously convicted felon.  All five of the weapons were located either in or directly outside of the trailer Luna was contacted in.  Luna will be charged with Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Felon with Ammunition, Possession of a Short Barreled Shotgun and Marijuana Cultivation.

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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.

Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff's CrimeTips online form.

The Riverside County Sheriff's Department is seeking applicants for Deputy Sheriff, Deputy Sheriff Trainee, Correctional Deputy, Sheriff's 911 Communications Officer, and other employment opportunities such as clerical and support positions.  If you are interested in a career with us, please apply at or call 1-888-Join-RSD

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