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Posted on: March 20, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Marijuana Cultivation Search Warrants



Sheriff Chad Bianco

Press Release:Marijuana Cultivation Search Warrants
Station Area:Hemet
Written Date:March 20, 2020Time:3:20 PM
Incident Date:March 20, 2020Time:6:00 AM
Incident Location:Aguanga and Anza
Reporting Officer:Sergeant James Burton
File Number(s):D200800007, D200800008, D20080000


On March 20, 2020, personnel from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, served three marijuana cultivation related search warrants in the unincorporated county areas known as Aguanga and Anza.  During the service, approximately 2454 plants were eradicated and 2 pounds of processed marijuana were collected, for a total combined weight of approximately one and a half tons.  Ten grams of marijuana wax, two generators and a backpack sprayer were also collected.  

The following suspect was arrested, charges will be filed out of custody with the District Attorney’s Office:

•    54-year-old Anza resident Michael Leach, for Marijuana Cultivation.

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.  Criminal activity can also be reported through the We-Tip Crime Reporting Hotline, (909) 987-5005 or  


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 visit our recruiting page or call 1-888-Join-RSD

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