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2600 Marijuana Plants Seized in Hesperia, 3 Arrested

HESPERIA, Calif. ( A report from a concerned citizen lead deputies to an outdoor marijuana grow that resulted in the arrest of three subjects, authorities said.

A concerned citizen reported what they believed to be illegal dumping occurring near the West Fork of the Mojave River/ Cedar Springs Creek in Hesperia.

Upon investigation by Deputies Rob Oakleaf and Randy Stanley of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Departments Rural Crimes Task Force, it was discovered large amounts of fertilizer were being delivered to the location for use in an outdoor marijuana grow.

On Monday, June 19, 2017 at 6:33 a.m., Deputies Oakleaf and Stanley, along with detectives from the Victor Valley Station and the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Departments Marijuana Enforcement Team, served a Search Warrant in the 15000 block of Highway 173 in Hesperia.

During the service of the warrant, approximately 2600 marijuana plants were seized from the location.

The growing operation which utilized various fertilizers, artificial plant supplements and chemicals was dangerously close to the nearby river. The river was also being used as a water source for the growing operation. Officers from the Department of Fish and Wildlife responded to assist with the investigation. Due to concerns for the water source, deputies and City of Hesperia workers cleared the immediate area of the fertilizers and chemicals.

All three subjects working in the marijuana grow, Tony Deveyra, 28, a resident of Apple Valley, Carolina Vaquerano, 26, a resident of Upland, and Alexis Takahashi, 25, a resident of Los Angeles were arrested for Cultivation of Marijuana and booked at the High Desert Detention Center.

According to public arrest records, all three suspects were cited and released with no scheduled court appearance.

Anyone with information regarding this crime is urged to contact Deputy Rob Oakleaf or Deputy Randy Stanley at the Victor Valley Sher iff’s Station, (760) 552-6801. Persons wishing to remain anonymous can report information to WeTip by calling 1-800-78-CRIME, or by accessing the website at

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