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THC Lab and over 1500 plants seized from Hesperia home

HESPERIA, Calif. ( — Jason Espinoza, 35, of Apple Valley and David Vargas, 34, of Pico Rivera, were arrested Thursday morning in connection to a large-scale illegal marijuana growhouse and THC extraction lab that was discovered in Hesperia Thursday morning.

On April 5, 2018, at 7:00 am, Rural Crime Task Force Deputies Oakleaf and Stanley from the Victor Valley Sheriff Station served a search warrant at a home, located on the 15000 block of State Highway 173 in Hesperia.

During the search over 1,500 marijuana plants, in various stages of growth, were located inside a barn at the location, along with 3 55-gallon drums of hydrogen peroxide.

“The elaborate operation damaged the historic barn that was built in the late 1800s,” Sheriff’s officials said, “The THC lab and grow operation used advanced lighting, air conditioning, fans, and exhaust blowers to control the climate inside the barn as well as an air-filtering system to control the odor of marijuana.”

Investigators also found the electricity at the location was being stolen to facilitate the grow operation.

Personnel from Southern California Edison assisted in the electrical theft investigation.

Jason Espinoza and David Vargas were contacted on the property.  They were both arrested for TCH extraction lab and illegal cultivation of marijuana.  They were booked at the High Desert Detention Center and are being held in lieu of $500,000.00 bail.

Anyone with information regarding this crime is urged to contact Deputy Oakleaf or Stanley at Victor Valley Sheriff’s Station, (760) 552-6800.

Persons wishing to remain anonymous can report information to WeTip by calling 1-800-78-CRIME, or by accessing the website at

(SBSD Victor Valley Sheriff’s Department)
(SBSD Victor Valley Sheriff’s Department)

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