The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Marijuana Enforcement Team eradicated another 101 illegal marijuana greenhouses in Week 4 of Operation Hammer Strike.
In cooperation with deputies throughout the High Desert, investigators served 24 search warrants in Lucerne Valley, Wonder Vall
ey, Apple Valley, Piñon Hills, Phelan and Newberry Springs. The team received numerous complaints about large outdoor marijuana cultivations in these areas.
The investigations revealed that the cannabis cultivations were not in compliance with California’s Medical and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act and San Bernardino County’s ordinance prohibiting commercial cannabis activity.
Those found guilty of violating the state law and county ordinance are subject to fines, prosecution and seizure of property.
Property owners who are growing marijuana or are aware their tenants are growing marijuana on their property in violation of the state law and local ordinances may also be subject to civil or criminal sanctions. Property owners are encouraged to contact local law enforcement or code compliance agency to confirm if cultivating cannabis is prohibited or allowed under specific regulations.
The suspects were cited or booked on charges of Cultivation of Cannabis, over six plants and Possession for Sales of Marijuana.
By the numbers
Illegal greenhouses eradicated: 101.
Arrested: 33 suspects.
Marijuana plants seized: 16,180
Pounds of processed marijuana confiscated: 5,905.
Guns seized: Seven. One of the seized handguns had the serial number ground off.
Cash recovered: $41,000.
Illegal use of electricity: Investigators mitigated one electrical bypass.’
Have more information? Contact the sheriff’s Gangs/Narcotics Division at NARC-MET@sbcsd.org or call (909) 387-8400.
To remain anonymous: Call the We-tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463), or may leave the information on the We-Tip Hotline at wetip.com.
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