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Over 600 Marijuana Plants Seized in Two Different Busts

OAK HILLS/PINION HILLS:(VVNG.com)- On Wednesday, July 1, 2015 authorities served two separate search warrants that resulted in a total of 610 Marijuana plants confiscated and three suspects arrested.

At approximately 12:20 P.M., members of the Sheriff’s Marijuana Enforcement Team served a search warrant at a residence located at 8011 Daisy Road in Oak Hills.

Investigators found an outdoor marijuana cultivation on the property. The primary suspect, Abraham Pacheco, 25, a resident of Mexico, was hired to watch over and tend to the marijuana plants growing at the location.

A total of 317 marijuana ranging in height from 2 to 3 feet tall were seized. Pacheco was arrested without incident and booked into the San Bernardino County jail for cultivating marijuana. Charges against the second suspect, Laura Guadalupe Juarez, age 26, resident of Mexico will be sent to the District Attorney’s Office for review.

Later that day, at 4:15 P.M., the Marijuana Enforcement Team served a separate search warrant at a residence located at 3323 Snow Line Drive in Pinion Hills.

Investigators located a similar outdoor marijuana grow on the property. The suspect, 33-year-old Bulmaro Arreola, a resident of Mexico, was hired to watch over and tend to the marijuana plants growing at the location.

A total 293 marijuana plants were seized. The plants ranged in height from 3 to 4 feet tall. Arreola was arrested without incident and booked into the San Bernardino County jail for cultivating marijuana.

In both cases the marijuana plants were found growing in an unsecured fenced in area. The investigation revealed both operations were part of an illegal marijuana growing operation, which was not in compliance with California medical marijuana laws.

Additionally, the County of San Bernardino has an ordinance prohibiting outdoor marijuana cultivations that are not within a secured structure. San Bernardino County Land Use / Code Enforcement personnel were at the scene and determined the cultivations were in violation of the County’s ordinance.

Anyone with information should contact the Sheriff’s Gangs/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.

The County’s ordinance prohibiting outdoor marijuana cultivations has been in effect for some time now. Property owners who have been contacted by individuals interested in renting or leasing their property for the purpose of growing marijuana should be cautious and contact Land Use Services to confirm the growing operation is within the conditions set forth by the County. Property owners may be issued citations and held responsible for violations found on their property. This can include civil and criminal penalties, fines or both.

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