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5 search warrants served at illegal indoor grow operations in the Victor Valley

HESPERIA, Calif. — On Friday, February 1st, beginning at approximately 7:00 a.m., investigators from the  Sheriff’s Gangs/Narcotics Division – Marijuana Enforcement Team (MET) served five search warrants at residences in Phelan, Oak Hills, and Hesperia.

All 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 residences, as well as the odor of marijuana coming from them.

Location #1
11100 block of Verde Street in Phelan
443 marijuana plants were seized
Electrical bypass located
Huang Jinlong, 55, a resident of China was arrested.
 
Location #2
11100 block of Verde Street in Phelan
755 marijuana plants were seized
Electrical bypass located
Suspect identification pending
 
Location #3
11100 block of Valencia in Phelan
1,338 marijuana plants were seized
11.8 pounds of processed marijuana were seized
Electrical bypass located
Suspect identification pending
 
Location #4
8000 block of Anaconda Avenue in Oak Hills
836 marijuana plants were seized
Electrical bypass located
Suspect identification pending
 
Location #5
14600 block of Appleton Street in Hesperia
378 marijuana plants were seized
34.5 pounds of processed marijuana were seized
Yanping Long, 33 of Las Vegas and Khoung Ly, 56, of Hesperia were arrested.
 
Investigators discovered electricity at four of the five of the locations was being stolen. 

Personnel from Southern California Edison (SCE) assisted in the electrical theft investigations.  Suspects who grow marijuana illicitly will commonly bypass the electrical meter installed by the electrical company.  This is done due to the high amount and cost of electricity needed to operate the marijuana growing equipment. 

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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.

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.  The electrical power to the residences was disconnected so the faulty wiring and electrical bypasses would not create a hazard for the public.  The loss from the theft of electricity at the locations will be several thousands of dollars.

San Bernardino County and the City of Hesperia have ordinances which prohibit growing more than six marijuana plants at a residence.  Additionally, the suspects did not obtain a business license from San Bernardino County or the City of Hesperia, nor did they have a license from the State of California to cultivate cannabis.  Personnel from the Hesperia Code Enforcement Division and County Code Enforcement responded to begin their investigations.  The electrical power was disconnected by SCE and the residences were “red tagged” as unsafe to occupy.

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