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Illegal indoor marijuana grow found in Victorville; 4 arrested

VICTORVILLE, Calif. (VVNG.com) — Four people were arrested after deputies discovered an illegal marijuana grow inside a Victorville home Tuesday, officials said.

Investigators from the Sheriff’s Gangs/Narcotics Division – Marijuana Enforcement Team (MET), in cooperation with deputies from the Victorville Station, served a search warrant at in the 14800 block of Aloe Road in Victorville.

According to a sheriff’s news release, “the location had an indoor marijuana grow operation 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 it.”

Investigators seized 2,000 marijuana plants and 39 pounds of marijuana bud, which was being trimmed by the suspects when the warrant was served. 

Investigators discovered electricity at the location was being stolen. Personnel from Southern California Edison (SCE) assisted in the electrical theft investigation.

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. 

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 residence was disconnected so the faulty wiring and eletrical bypass will not create a hazard for the public. The loss from the theft of electricity at the location will be several thousands of dollars. 

Victorville 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 city of Victorville, nor did they have a license from the State of California to cultivate cannabis. Personnel from the Victorville Code Enforcement Division responded to begin their investigations. The electrical power was disconnected by SCE and the residences were “red tagged” as unsafe to occupy. 

The suspects were all booked at the High Desert Detention Center for PC 498- Utility Theft, and HS 113589(c)- Cultivation of Cannabis, over six plants. 

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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