ADELANTO, Calif. (news release) – The Sheriff’s Marijuana Enforcement Team discovered over 550 marijuana plants and several pounds of processed marijuana, according to officials.
On Monday, November 6th, Deputy C. Porter from the Sheriff’s Victor Valley Station responded to 11057 Everest Street to investigate an open garage door. During his investigation, Porter discovered items typically used during the indoor cultivation of marijuana. He requested the assistance of the Sheriff’s Gangs/Narcotics Division to continue the investigation.
The Sheriff’s Marijuana Enforcement Team (MET) served a search warrant at the residence and found an indoor marijuana grow. Over 550 marijuana plants, in various stages of growth, and several pounds of processed marijuana were found inside the residence. The grow operation used advanced lighting, air conditioning, fans, exhaust blowers and an air-filtering system to control the climate inside the residence as well as the odor of marijuana coming from it.
MET contacted the Code Compliance Division from the City of Adelanto after finding several unpermitted building additions to the residence. Modifications were made to the electrical wiring of the residence to support the indoor marijuana grow. There was also evidence of extreme water damage to the interior. An electrical short caused by the unpermitted electrical wiring most likely would have resulted in an explosion or fire in the residential community causing possible injuries to bystanders near the residence. The code compliance division will complete their investigation and contact the owner(s) of the property to arrange for repair of the unpermitted additions.
MET is continuing the investigation and attempting to identify the suspect(s) responsible for the marijuana grow. They will also attempt to locate the property owner(s). Once the suspect(s) are identified the criminal case will be sent to the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office for prosecution.
Anyone with information regarding this investigation or is urged to contact the Sheriff’s Gangs/Narcotics Division at (909) 387-8400. 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.