LUCERNE VALLEY-(VVNG.com): A non-United States citizen was arrested by the Sheriff’s Marijuana Enforcement Team after a search warrant was served on a large parcel on Mason Drive in Lucerne Valley. Upon arrival deputies learned that the area was being used for a marijuana cultivation property.
The growing operation, which was not in compliance with the California medical marijuana laws was found growing marijuana plants in the unsecured, fenced area watched over by 51-year-old Norberto Mendoza-Valencia. The County of San Bernardino has an ordinance prohibiting outdoor marijuana cultivations that are not within a secured structure.
A total of 296 marijuana plants ranging in height from 1 to 3 feet tall were seized. Mendoza-Valencia was staying on the property using solar powered panels for electricity and food as well as other necessities were being delivered to him by unknown persons. Mendoza-Valencia was arrested without incident and booked into the San Bernardino County jail for cultivating marijuana.
The County’s ordinance prohibiting outdoor marijuana cultivations has been in effect for some time now. Property owners who have been contacted by individuals interested in renting or leasing their property for the purpose of growing marijuana should be cautious and contact Land Use Services to confirm the growing operation is within the conditions set forth by the County. Property owners may be issued citations and held responsible for violations found on their property. This can include civil and criminal penalties, fines or both.
Anyone with information should contact the Sheriff’s Gangs/Narcotics Division at (909)890-4840. 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.