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3 arrested in Victorville marijuana grow operation off Industrial Blvd



VICTORVILLE, Calif. ( – Three people were arrested Monday night following a search warrant that resulted in the discovery of an indoor marijuana grow, officials said.

On January 8, 2018, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department – Marijuana Enforcement Team and the Victorville Police Department’s Multiple Enforcement Team responded to 12247 Industrial Blvd. after developing information regarding illegal narcotic activity at the building.

“Investigators found a large-scale indoor marijuana grow inside the building with over 2,000 cannabis plants in various stages of growth. The grow operation used advanced lighting, air conditioning, fans, exhaust blowers and an air-filtering system to control the climate inside the building,” stated a sheriff’s news release.

(Photo courtesy of Victorville Police Department)

When deputies served the search warrant they located three suspects inside. Aram Astvatsatryn, 45, of Canoga Park, Karen Khachatryan, 34, of Chatsworth, and Taron Hayrapetyan, 38, of Sun Valley were arrested without incident into the High Desert Detention Center for the illegal Cultivation of Cannabis.

The City of Victorville prohibits Commercial Cannabis Activity in the form of cultivating cannabis plants.

The building was “red tagged” by the City of Victorville – Code Enforcement Division because it was deemed unsafe to occupy because of the unpermitted modifications to its structure and electrical wiring.

The report will be sent over to the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office for prosecution against the suspects.

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

Site of the illegal marijuana grow. (Google Maps)