RIVERSIDE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT
Sheriff Chad Bianco
|Press Release:||Illegal Marijuana Grow Operation|
|Station Area:||Lake Elsinore|
|Written Date:||August 6, 2020||Time:||9:00 PM|
|Incident Date:||August 6, 2020||Time:||6:00 PM|
|Incident Location:||40000 block of Pascali Street, Lake Elsinore, 92532|
|Reporting Officer:||Sergeant Jeff Reese|
During the month of August 2020, deputies assigned to the Lake Elsinore Sheriff’s Station County Problem Oriented Policing Team investigated information regarding a possible illegal indoor marijuana cultivation occurring within the city of Lake Elsinore.
On August 6, 2020, at the direction of Sheriff Chad Bianco, deputies served a search warrant in the 40000 block of Pascali Street. The location was converted into an illegal indoor marijuana cultivation site. Approximately 1000 marijuana plants were located in various stages of growth, during the service of the search warrant. Lake Elsinore City Code enforcement responded to the location and assumed their investigation. City Code enforcement issued a cease and desist letter to the residence due to unauthorized construction to the residence along with the illegal cultivation.
No one was found at the location during the service of the search warrant. Based on the total weight of the marijuana plants located on the property, the approximate street value is about one million dollars.
This is an ongoing investigation. Anyone with additional information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Deputy Yu 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.
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