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Posted on: December 12, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Marijuana Cultivation


Update: Booking Photos


Sheriff Chad Bianco

Press Release:Marijuana Cultivation
Station Area:Hemet
Written Date:December 12, 2019Time:11:30 AM
Incident Date:December 12, 2019Time:5:00 AM
Incident Location:43000 Block of Castile Canyon Road, Soboba Indian Reservation
Reporting Officer:Sergeant James Burton
File Number(s):SB193460002


On December 12, 2019, at the direction of Sheriff Chad Bianco, personnel from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department served a marijuana cultivation related search warrant on the Soboba Indian Reservation.  During the service, approximately 4100 immature plants and 145 mature marijuana plants were eradicated and 183 pounds of processed marijuana was collected, for a total combined weight of over a half ton.  The following suspects were arrested and booked for Marijuana Cultivation:

  • 32-year-old Phillip Basquez
  • 25-year-old Elpidio Morales
  • 24-year-old Salvador Hernandez-Leon
  • 25-year-old Gerardo Hernandez-Cardenas
  • 27-year-old Lamberto Hernandez-Santiago

Phillip Basquez
Elpidio Morales
Salvador Hernandez
Gerardo Hernandez-Cardenas
Lamberto Hernandez-Santiago

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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