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3 arrested and over 4,000 marijuana plants seized Friday in Apple Valley

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The three suspects arrested were booked at the High Desert Detention Center on charges Cultivation of Cannabis; over six plants.

APPLE VALLEY, CALIF. (VVNG.com) — Over 4,000 marijuana plants were seized during the execution of multiple search warrants throughout Apple Valley Friday morning.

On Friday, January 11th, beginning at approximately 7:00 a.m., investigators from the Sheriff’s Gangs/Narcotics Division – Marijuana Enforcement Team (MET), in cooperation with detectives from the Apple Valley Station, served five search warrants at residences in the Town of Apple Valley, authorities said in a press release.

“Four of the five locations had indoor marijuana grow operations that used advanced lighting, air conditioning, fans, exhaust blowers and air filtering systems to control the climate inside the residence, as well as the odor of marijuana coming from them.,” officials said.

The fifth house did not have plants, but authorities found a disassembled grow operation in the garage.

Southern California Edison (SCE) will be investigating the theft of electricity that investigators discovered at one of residences.

“The extreme measures used to illegally grow marijuana endangers the public living nearby. 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,” police said.

The electrical power was disconnected by SCE and the residences were “red tagged” as unsafe to occupy. 

The three suspects arrested were booked at the High Desert Detention Center on charges Cultivation of Cannabis; over six plants. 

Location #1 
11800 Block of Pecos 
Grow Operation Disassembled 

Location #2 
15900 Block of Dale Evans Parkway 
677 plants were seized 
One suspect arrested: 
Dauang Wang, 55 year old male resident of Apple Valley 

Location #3 
19200 Block of Tonkawan Way 
1,888 marijuana plants were seized 
One suspect arrested: 
Renxin He, 56 year old male resident of San Gabriel, California 

Location #4 
1900 Block of Symeron Road 
1,057 marijuana plants were seized 

Location #5 
16200 Block of Chiwi Road 
676 marijuana plants were seized 
One suspect arrested: 
Guo Bin Lin, 49 year old male resident of Flushing, New York 

Apple Valley has an ordinance prohibiting Commercial Cannabis Activity, which includes growing more than six marijuana plants at a residence. Additionally, the suspects did not obtain a business license from the Town of Apple Valley, nor did they have a license from the State of California to cultivate cannabis. Personnel from the Apple Valley Code Enforcement Division responded to begin their investigations.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation 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

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State and San Bernardino County OK resumption of youth sports – with restrictions

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SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — The State Department of Public Health has issued long-anticipated guidance allowing youth sports and physical education – including school-based, club, and recreational programs – to resume, as long as they are limited to groups of participants who regularly gather, such as a class or organized team, and only when physical distancing of at least six feet can be maintained.

Activities should take place outside to the maximum extent possible.

Sporting events, assemblies, and other activities that require close contact or that would promote congregating, such as tournaments and competitions, are not yet permitted either indoors or outdoors.

“This is an opportunity for young people to stay healthy, stay in shape, and be ready when the State allows team and other group activities to resume,” said San Bernardino County Public Health Director Corwin Porter. The County Health Officer has approved implementation of the guidance within San Bernardino County.

(San Bernardino County Health news release)

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18-year-old U.S. Army Reservist Stationed at Ft. Irwin arrested on child porn charges

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FORT IRWIN, Calif. (VVNG.com) — An 18-year-old reserve with the United States Army National Guard stationed at Fort Irwin was arrested for possession of child pornography Wednesday, officials said.

Detectives from multiple agencies conducted a joint investigation involving the suspect, Neal McCoy, a resident of Fridley, Minnesota, and subsequently arrested him on Wednesday, August 5, 2020.

McCoy was booked at the High Desert Detention Center for PC 311.11(A) Possession of Child Pornography with a bail set at $100,000. McCoy is scheduled for arraignment on August 7th.

San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, Specialized Investigations Division Crimes Against Children Detail (CAC), Barstow Sheriff’s Station, and the United States Army Criminal Investigation Command (CID) worked together in their investigation.

In January 2020, VVNG reported on similar arrests after Steven Berg, 38, was arrested by investigators who determined that child pornography was distributed from a home within the base at Fort Irwin.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Detective Brian Arias of the Specialized Investigations Division, Crimes Against Children Detail at (909) 387-3615. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may 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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18-year-old out on bail arrested again after a pursuit in Victorville

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VICTORVILLE, Calif. (VVNG.com) — An 18-year-old out on bail was arrested again after leading Victorville deputies on a pursuit.

At about 2:28 AM on August 6, 2020, a deputy from the Victorville Police Station observed a vehicle run a red light at Amargosa and Palmdale Roads and attempted a traffic stop.

The driver, identified as Antoine Jackson, of Victorville, failed to yield and led deputies on a pursuit for approximately 7 miles, officials said.

During the pursuit, Jackson drove at high speeds, exceeding 100 mph at times. He also drove in opposing traffic lanes and ran several red lights and stop signs.

The pursuit came to an end in the 12500 block of Terrano when Jackson crashed into a parked car.

Jackson, who was out on bail from a July 28, 2020 arrest, was arrested and booked at High Desert Detention Center for VC2800.2(A) Evading a Peace Officer with disregard for safety and PC12022.1(B) New Felony Offense while on bail.

His bail is set at $100,000 and is scheduled for arraignment in a Victorville courtroom on August 10, 2020.

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