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Posted on: February 29, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Illegal Marijuana Cultivation



Sheriff Chad Bianco

Press Release:Illegal Marijuana Cultivation
Station Area:San Jacinto
Written Date:February 29, 2020Time:5:15 PM
Incident Date:February 29, 2020Time:3:57 PM
Incident Location:700 block of Sweet Clover Loop, San Jacinto CA
Reporting Officer:Sergeant Julio Olguin
File Number(s):I200600048

On Saturday, February 29, 2020, at approximately 3:57 P.M., deputies from the San Jacinto Sheriff’s Station were investigating a possible illegal indoor marijuana grow house, in the city of San Jacinto. As this incident was being investigated, a vehicle left the target residence. San Jacinto deputies conducted a vehicle stop and found additional evidence related to a marijuana grow. A search warrant was authored for the residence on Sweet Clover Loop and approximately 2713 marijuana plants at various stages of growth were located in nine makeshift grow rooms within the residence. In addition deputies collected, two digital scales, 51 lamps with ballasts, 30 fans and packaging. California Edison located an illegal electrical by-pass underneath the electrical meter. Edison estimated the theft of utilities at $65,000.  Meifeng Chen, a 40-year-old resident of Arcadia was detained leaving the residence and was later transported to Larry Smith Correctional facility and booked for Theft of utilities, Marijuana cultivation and Marijuana sales. This investigation is on-going.  Anyone with additional information is urged to call the San Jacinto Police Department Deputy Grier at (951) 654-2702.



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