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Authorities bust illegal marijuna grow in El Mirage

EL MIRAGE, Calif. — A search warrant at an El Mirage, CA home resulted with one arrest and the seizure of 2 lbs. of processed marijuana, 10 greenhouses, and 919 marijuana plants, officials said.

On Thursday, May 24th, at approximately 8:20 am, investigators from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department – Marijuana Enforcement Team served a search warrant at a residence in the 4200 block of Plato Street in El Mirage.

Investigators found ten homemade greenhouses on the property, which were approximately 100 feet long by 20 feet wide. A total of 919 marijuana plants were found growing in the greenhouses. Investigators also seized two pounds of processed marijuana. The suspect identified as Francisco Lopez, 31, of El Mirage was booked at the High Desert Detention Center for Cultivation of Cannabis; over six plants.

The investigation revealed the cannabis cultivation was not in compliance with California’s Medical and Adult Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA) and/or San Bernardino County’s ordinance prohibiting Commercial Cannabis Activity. San Bernardino County has an ordinance prohibiting Commercial Cannabis Activity, which includes growing marijuana plants outdoors. San Bernardino County Code Enforcement personnel will assist in the notifications to the property owners to make them aware of the violations occurring on their property.

The Sheriff’s Gangs/Narcotics Division will continue to enforce California’s cannabis laws, as well as the San Bernardino County’s ordinance regarding cannabis cultivation and distribution. Persons found guilty of violating the state law and county ordinance are subject to fines, prosecution, and seizure of property.

Property owners who are growing marijuana, or are aware their tenants are growing marijuana on their properties, in violation of the state law and local ordinances may also be subject to civil or criminal sanctions. Property owners are encouraged to contact their local law enforcement or code compliance agency to confirm if cultivating cannabis is prohibited or allowed under specific regulations.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation or 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.

(Photo: SBSD – Victor Valley Sheriff’s Department)

(source: SBSD – Victor Valley Sheriff’s Department news release)

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