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Posted on: July 21, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Illegal Marijuana Grow Operation



Sheriff Chad Bianco

Press Release:Illegal Marijuana Grow Operation
Station Area:Lake Elsinore
Written Date:July 21, 2020Time:6:45 PM
Incident Date:July 18, 2020Time:8:00 AM
Incident Location:18000 block of Brightman Ave, Lakeland Village 92530
Reporting Officer:Sergeant Jeff Reese
File Number(s):F202000007


On July 18, 2020, deputies assigned to the Lake Elsinore Sheriff’s Station County Problem Oriented Policing Team, received information regarding a possible illegal marijuana grow at a residence in the 18000 block of Brightman Avenue, in the unincorporated area of Lakeland Village. 

On July 18, 2020, at the direction of Sheriff Chad Bianco, deputies investigated the residence. Upon arrival deputies could smell a strong odor of marijuana.  Evan McWilliams (38 years old) a resident of Lakeland Village, was located exiting the residence and gave consent to search. Deputies located both an indoor and outdoor marijuana grow at the location with approximately 400 plants.  Several firearms were located along with an undisclosed amount of money.   Evan McWilliams was arrested and booked into Cois Byrd Detention Center for cultivation of marijuana. 

This is an ongoing investigation.  Anyone with additional information is encouraged to contact Deputy Morris 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.

Evan McWilliams

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