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Posted on: December 17, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Marijuana Cultivation Search Warrant



Sheriff Chad Bianco

Press Release:Marijuana Cultivation Search Warrant
Station Area:Special Investigations Bureau
Written Date:December 17, 2019Time:3:20 PM
Incident Date:December 16, 2019Time:7:00 AM
Incident Location:34000 Block of Olive Avenue, unincorporated Winchester
Reporting Officer:Sergeant Michael Yarbrough
File Number(s):R193450001


On Monday, December 16, 2019 members of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department’s Marijuana Enforcement Team served a search warrant at a large-scale, illegal marijuana grow in the 34000 block of Olive Avenue in unincorporated Winchester.


During the service, approximately 1904 immature plants were eradicated, 4,168 pounds of processed marijuana was collected, and 13 weapons were confiscated. The following suspects were arrested and booked for marijuana cultivation:

  • Antonio Flores Mejia 30-years old from Winchester (booking #201948938)
  • Vanessa Birrueta 23-years old from Winchester (booking #201948939)
Vanessa Birrueta
Antonio Flores Mejia

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.  Illegal 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.

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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