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1,651 Marijuana Plants Recovered in 22 San Bernardino County Searches

On October 13th through October 16th, 2014 law enforcement teams obtained search warrants for 21 San Bernardino County outdoor Marijuana cultivation locations as well as one in the Ventura County in Oxnard. The cities included areas of Newberry Springs, Hinkley, Lucerne Valley, Apple Valley, Hesperia, Phelan and Pinion Hills.

The team included Narcotics Division investigators, San Bernardino County Code enforcement officers, as well as personnel from the Victor Valley, Victorville, Hesperia, Apple Valley, Barstow, and Colorado River patrol stations with the help of San Bernardino County Sheriff’s and California Highway Patrol’s aviation Division to carry out the search warrants over the four day multiple location operation.

The properties search each contained large-scale outdoor unsecured fenced outdoor marijuana cultivations. During the investigations they were determined to be illegal and not consistent nor compliant with the California medical marijuana laws.

The investigations resulted in total seizures of 1,651 marijuana plants, 1,194 pounds of processed marijuana, 22 firearms, currency, 4 concentrated cannabis extraction labs, concentrated cannabis (wax), methamphetamine, over 50 pounds of marijuana seeds, the recovery of a stolen motorcycle and arrest of 56 suspects.

Additional suspects have been identified and have prosecution pending. The amount of marijuana seized at the individual locations suggests the suspects had no intention of abiding by the states medical marijuana laws.

Investigations such as this one conducted by the Marijuana Enforcement Team continue to reveal sophisticated criminal organizations cultivating and distributing marijuana throughout San Bernardino County while attempting to utilize medical marijuana recommendations in an effort to conceal their illicit operation. Investigators regularly find the marijuana is being distributed throughout California without any effort to comply with state laws. Additionally, state and federal laws do not permit the transportation or distribution of marijuana outside of California. 

The County of San Bernardino has an ordinance prohibiting outdoor marijuana cultivations. San Bernardino County Code Enforcement personnel assisted with administrative enforcement of the County Code violations. The Sheriff’s Narcotics Division will continue to enforce California marijuana laws as well as the San Bernardino County Ordinances regarding marijuana cultivation and distribution. Persons found to be violating state marijuana laws and county ordinances or utilizing California medical marijuana protections under false pretenses are subject to fines, prosecution and seizure of property.

Search warrants served October 13, 2014

49022 Silver Valley Rd, Newberry Springs

307 marijuana plants and 75 lbs processed marijuana seized

Arrested:

Chanthavong, Kngkham – 64 Fresno

Meuangvong, Sam – 48 Fresno

Pethueng, Prasit – 36 Newberry Springs

Lacksanamyxay, Pith – 69 Las Vegas

Sayarath, Khammai – 54 Fresno

Lasichanh, Palina – 44 Fort Worth, Texas

Phimvongsa, Phet – 54 Fountain Valley

Pantawung, Cumah – 44 Fresno

Daoheuang, Phousaeng – 47 Banning

Cum, Tem – 59 Newberry Springs

Keophilavanh, Noukone – 63 Newbery Springs

Vorrachack, Bounnam – 55 Newberry Springs

Douangsavanh, Sengdeuane – 59 Fresno

Xayadeth, Samrane – 54 Fresno

Titlavong, Umpon – 42 Newberry Springs

 

48077 Palma Vista Rd, Newberry Springs

55 marijuana plants and 5 lbs processed marijuana seized

Arrested:

Ratsphoumy, Vang – 56 Milwaukee, Wisconsin

 

35605 Fairview Rd, Hinkley

229 marijuana plants, 60 lbs processed marijuana, 16 firearms (3 reported stolen), THC extraction lab, 1 oz concentrated cannabis (wax) and 4 grams methamphetamine seized

Arrested:

Mata, Danny – 23 Hinkley

Quiroz, Abel – 20 Hinkley

Quiroz, Abel Ramirez – 46 Pomona

Arriaga, Hugo – 24 Hinkley

Payan, Jimmy – 21 Hinkley

Rodriguez-Rojo, Walter – 26 Los Angeles

 

Search warrants served October 14, 2014 

31163 Villa Nova Rd, Lucerne Valley

54 marijuana plants, 3 lbs processed marijuana and THC extraction lab seized

Arrested:

Limas-Arreola, Maria – 38 Lucerne Valley

Carlos-Santacruz, Gabin – 25 Lucerne Valley

Asbridge, Lana – 23 Victorville

 

33354 Haynes Rd, Lucerne Valley

97 marijuana plants and 16 lbs processed marijuana seized

Arrested:

Gonzales, Perfecto – 34 Ontario

Vargas, Victor – 25 Chino

Garcia-Martinez, Jacinto – 48 Unknown

Solis, Luis – 42 Pomona

Gonzalez, Gerardo – 33 Bloomington

 

15450 Fairlane Rd, Lucerne Valley

138 marijuana plants seized

Arrested:

Calzada, Noe – 35 Lucerne Valley

 

0 Fairlane Rd, Lucerne Valley

87 marijuana plants seized

Arrested:

Pending

 

Search warrants served October 15, 2014

 

23573 Lancelet St, Apple Valley

53 marijuana plants, 350 lbs processed marijuana, 2 firearms and 50 lbs marijuana seeds seized

Arrested:

Miranda-Estrada, Ramiro – 30 Apple Valley

Medina-Guerrero, Francisco – 25 Apple Valley

Cisneros, Ramiro – 52 Apple Valley

Contreras, Martin – 26 Kansas

Contreras-Archiga, Refugio – 55 Oxnard

Galyan, Jose – 19 Apple Valley

 

20626 Del Oro Rd, Apple Valley

18 marijuana plants, 15 lbs processed marijuana and 3 grams concentrated cannabis (wax) seized

Arrested:

Pending

 

11715 Cotton Tail Ln, Apple Valley

41 marijuana plants and 50 lbs of processed marijuana seized

Arrested:

Keo, Darren – 60 Signal Hill

Tith, Sony – 62 Bakersfield

Mai, Choun – 60 Apple Valley

Chan, Buthoeun – 54 Bakersfield

 

9299 7th St, Hesperia

271 marijuana plants and 285 lbs of processed marijuana seized

Arrested:

Bocanegra, Raul – 27 Hesperia

Barreto, Guillermo – 21 Nuevo

Alcauter, Marco – 30 Bellflower

Ortiz, Jose – 25 Bakersfield

 

14191 Joshua Rd, Hesperia

174 marijuana plants and 44 lbs processed marijuana seized

Arrested:

Pending

 

Search warrants served October 16, 2014

 

6633 Chevoit Rd, Phelan

75 lbs processed marijuana and 1 rifle seized

Arrested:

Toscano, Juan – 44 Santa Ana

Mendoza, Daniel – 22 San Pablo

 

13922 Matizila Ct, Phelan

5 lbs processed marijuana, 2 grams methamphetamine seized and 1 stolen motorcycle recovered

Arrested:

Pending

 

14234 Shandin Rd, Phelan

80 lbs processed marijuana and currency seized

Arrested:

Garcia, Juan – 29 Phelan

Orazco, Lina – 26 Phelan

 

14188 Shandin Rd, Phelan

THC extraction lab and 1 rifle seized

Arrested:

Villanueva, Joe – 37 Phelan

 

13122 Primavera Rd, Pinion Hills

120 lbs processed marijuana seized

Arrested:

Paz, Leo – 56 Perris

Botello, Miguel – 30 Lake Elsinore

Segundo-Botello, Augustine – 25 Perris

 

10573 Paramount Rd, Phelan

1 marijuana plant, 1 lb processed marijuana and 1 rifle seized

Arrested:

Pending

 

10631 Paramount Rd, Phelan

126 Plants, 10 lbs processed marijuana, THC extraction lab and 1 shotgun seized

Arrested:

Orozco, Rafael – 62 Phelan

Anyone with information regarding the above investigations or other illegal cultivation locations is urged to contact the Sheriff’s Narcotics Division at (909)890-4840. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at www.wetip.com.

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