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5,000 marijuana plants discovered in Lakeland Village

Deputies have conducted numerous raids on properties throughout the Temescal Valley, Lake Elsinore, Aguanga, Anza, La Cresta and neighboring communities over the last two years, targeting illegal grows. (Renee Schiavone/Patch)

The estimated street value of the plants and packaged cannabis products was over $1 million, a sheriff’s sergeant said.

LAKELAND VILLAGE, CA — A raid Thursday on a suspected illegal marijuana cultivation site just west of Lake Elsinore netted roughly 5,000 cannabis plants growing outside a home.

Riverside County sheriff’s deputies served a search warrant in the 33400 block of Follman Way, on the western edge of Lakeland Village near the Cleveland National Forest, about 8:30 a.m.

According to sheriff’s Sgt. Jeff Reese, the property came under investigation after deputies learned earlier this month of alleged illicit activity. A search warrant was obtained and served by investigators, who found the marijuana “in various stages of growth” around the perimeter of the residence, Reese said.

He said “several hundred pounds of processed marijuana” was also seized.

“The estimated street value of the plants (and packaged product) was over $1 million,” the sergeant said.

No one was arrested, and no suspects have been identified.

Reese said the investigation is ongoing, and anyone with information was asked to contact the sheriff’s Lake Elsinore station at 951-245-3300.

Deputies have conducted numerous raids on properties throughout the Temescal Valley, Lake Elsinore, Aguanga, Anza, La Cresta and neighboring communities over the last two years, targeting illegal grows.

The Board of Supervisors has authorized some indoor cultivation sites in unincorporated areas, but the enterprises are strictly regulated and limited to commercially zoned locations.

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Published: May 23, 2021

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