RIVERSIDE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT
Sheriff Chad Bianco
|Press Release:|| Marijuana Cultivation Search Warrants|
|Written Date:||March 2, 2020||Time:||6:00 P.M.|
|Incident Date:||March 2, 2020||Time:||6:00 A.M.|
|Incident Location:||Hemet, Winchester, Homeland & Nuevo|
|Reporting Officer:|| Sergeant James Burton|
|File Number(s):|| Several|
On March 2, 2020, personnel from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, California Water Board, and the Riverside County Code Enforcement served six marijuana cultivation related search warrants in the unincorporated county areas of Hemet, Sage, Winchester, Homeland and Nuevo. During the service, approximately 10,422 marijuana plants, including 1,200 immature plants, were eradicated and 211 pounds of processed marijuana was collected, for a total combined weight of approximately three tons. Five firearms, (one rifle and four handguns), were collected for evidence. Two tractors and one generator were also collected. During the service of the search warrants, two containers of pesticides that are banned in California were located.
The following suspects were arrested and booked for Marijuana Cultivation:
- 24-year-old San Diego resident James Dukeminier
- 33-year-old Los Angeles resident Juan Inquez
- 37-year-old Idyllwild resident Felipe Davila
- 23-year-old Lake Elsinore resident Jack Bergeron
- 57-year-old Perris resident Samuel Duran-Garcia
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 www.joinrsd.org or call 1-888-Join-RSD