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Posted on: May 29, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Illegal Marijuana Grow Operation



Sheriff Chad Bianco

Press Release:Illegal Marijuana Grow Operation
Station Area:Lake Matthews
Written Date:May 29, 2020Time:5:00 PM
Incident Date:May 29, 2020Time:12:00 PM
Incident Location:23600 block of Piedras, Lake Mathews 
Reporting Officer:Sergeant Glenn Warrington
File Number(s):F201350018


In the beginning of May, deputies assigned to the Lake Elsinore Sheriff Station’s Problem Oriented Policing Team, began investigating complaints from the community of Gavilan Hills regarding possible illegal marijuana cultivation occurring within the unincorporated area of Riverside County.

On May 29, 2020, at the direction of Sheriff Chad Bianco, deputies served a search warrant in the 23600 block of Piedras. The entire residence was transformed using common building materials into a marijuana cultivation site. 84 marijuana plants in various stages of growth were located and the electrical system within the residence had been illegally altered causing a severe fire hazard. Southern California Edison responded to the residence and turned the power to the residence off due to the illegal wiring throughout the residence.

This is an ongoing investigation. Anyone with additional information is encouraged to contact Deputy Meissen at the Lake Elsinore Sheriff’s Station (951) 245-3300.

As a reminder, "Community Policing" involves partnerships between law enforcement and community members. Business owners and residents are encouraged to report criminal activity directly to law enforcement by calling Sheriff’s Dispatch at (951) 776-1099, or by calling 911 if the matter is an emergency.


The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department is seeking applicants for Deputy Sheriff, Deputy Sheriff Trainee, Correctional Deputy, Sheriff’s 911 Communications Officer, and other employment opportunities such as clerical and support positions.  If you are interested in a career with us, please visit our recruiting page or call 1-888-Join-RSD

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