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Posted on: December 24, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Illegal Marijuana Grow Operation



Sheriff Chad Bianco

Press Release:Illegal Marijuana Grow Operation
Station Area:Lake Elsinore
Written Date:December 24, 2019Time:9:30 AM
Incident Date:December 24, 2019Time:9:30 AM
Incident Location:Via Sarah, Wildomar
Reporting Officer:Sergeant Glenn Warrington
File Number(s):WI192990033


At the end of November, deputies assigned to the Lake Elsinore Sheriff’s Station received complaints regarding possible illegal marijuana cultivation occurring within the city of Wildomar, Riverside County. 

On December 24, 2019, at the direction of Sheriff Chad Bianco, deputies served a search warrant on 25800 block of Via Sarah.  As a result of the search warrant, marijuana plants were located and collected. In addition, the electrical system within the residence had been illegally altered causing a severe fire hazard and theft of utilities. The estimated theft of utilities for the last year was valued by Edison at approximately $30,000.  The entire residence was turned into an illegal marijuana cultivation. There was no one located at the residence. 


Wildomar Code Enforcement deemed the house uninhabitable.  Edison Company responded out to the residence and turned the power off to the residence due to the illegal wiring throughout the residence. 

This is an ongoing investigation.  Anyone with additional information is encouraged to contact Deputy Carlson at the Lake Elsinore Sheriff’s Station (951) 245-3300.  

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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