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Marijuana Enforcement Team seizes another huge illegal pot farm in the desert

Sheriff’s investigators arrested five suspects in connection with the discovery of 18,884 illegal pot plants on Tuesday, Feb. 2, in the Mojave Desert town of El Mirage.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Marijuana Enforcement Team continued its campaign against illegal outdoor marijuana plantations Tuesday afternoon with the arrest of five suspects after the discovery of 18,884 plants in El Mirage.

At 2 p.m. Feb. 2, investigators responded to numerous complaints about large outdoor marijuana cultivations in the area 12.5 miles northwest of Adelanto in the Mojave Desert. Using a search warrant, they detained 12 suspects and arrested five of them.

“The investigations revealed the cannabis cultivation was 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,” said a press release. “San Bernardino County has an ordinance prohibiting commercial cannabis activity, which includes growing marijuana plants outdoors.”

Noncommercial growers are limited to six plants.

The suspects arrested were Chen Guo Jin, a 48-year-old male resident of Sanford, Florida; Johnny Chan, a 39-year-old resident of Los Angeles; Zhi Fei Qian, 5a 7-year-old male resident of Apple Valley; Kefei Wang, a 34-year-old male resident of Concord, California; and Zhen Williamson, a 52-year-old female resident of Denham Springs, Louisiana.

To Read The Rest Of This Article By James Folmer on Redlands Community News

Published: February 04, 2021

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