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Multiple search warrants net over 1300 marijuana plants in the Victor Valley

VICTOR VALLEY, Calif. (VVNG.com) — In an effort to combat illegal marijuana operations the Sheriff’s Gangs/Narcotics Division – Marijuana Enforcement Team (MET) served multiple search warrants at various locations here Friday, officials said.

The first of the four operations was conducted on Friday, March 16, 2018, at 8:00 am, teams served a search warrant at a residence in the 8700 block of Baby Road in Phelan and found an illegal outdoor marijuana grow. About 150 marijuana plants were found growing on the property and no one was home during the service of the search warrant. Investigators are in the process of identifying the tenants and/or property owners.

At 9:20 am, teams served a search warrant in the 11300 block of Salem Road in the unincorporated area of Victorville and found an outdoor marijuana grow with over 200 marijuana plans and over 30 pounds o f processed marijuana.

Evidence found suggests the grow was operating for several months. A short-barreled shotgun was also found on the property. Investigators are following up on suspect leads to identify those responsible for the grow operation.

At 1:30 p.m., teams served a warrant at a home in the 12300 block of Balsam Road in Victorville where they located an indoor marijuana grow with nearly 600 marijuana plants. The grow operation used high-powered lighting, air conditioning, fans and exhaust blowers to control the climate inside the residence as well as an air-filtering system to control the odor of marijuana. Investigators also found the electricity at the location was being stolen to facilitate the grow operation.

The suspect, identified as Gregory Lee Helke, 59, of Victorville was found inside the residence during the search warrant service and was arrested without incident and later booked at the High Desert Detention Center.

At 3:45 pm, a search warrant served in the 15000 block of Avon Court in Victorville led to an indoor grow operation with over 400 marijuana plants and over 35 pounds of processed marijuana. The grow operation used high-powered lighting, air conditioning, fans, exhaust blowers and an air-filtering system to control the climate and odor of marijuana. Evidence suggests the grow operation was operating for several months.

The suspect, Vu T Bui, 40, of Ontario was at the residence during the service of the search warrant and was arrested without incident. The suspect will face criminal charges for Maintaining a Drug House; the illegal Cultivation of Cannabis; over 6 plants and the illegal Sales/Transportation of Cannabis. He was booked at the High Desert Detention Center.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation or is urged to contact the Sheriff’s Gangs/Narcotics Division at (909)387-8400 or NARC-MET@sbcsd.org. 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.

California’s newest form of marijuana laws, known as MAUCRSA, went into full effect on January 1st. The City of Victorville has an ordinance prohibiting Commercial Cannabis Activity which includes growing more than six marijuana plants at a residence. Additional information regarding what is allowed can be found in the Victorville Municipal Code in Chapter 13.150 – Commercial Cannabis Activity. Personnel from the City of Victorville Code Enforcement Division responded to begin their investigation. The electrical power was disconnected by SCE and the residence was “red tagged” unsafe to occupy.

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