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Posted on: August 7, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Illegal Marijuana Cultivation


Sheriff Chad Bianco

Press Release:Illegal Marijuana Cultivation
Station Area:Anza
Written Date:August 7, 2020Time:10:00 AM
Incident Date:August 3, 2020Time:7:00 AM
Incident Location:3700 Block of Old Forest Road, Anza
Reporting Officer:Master Investigator Roman Pluimer
File Number(s):R202110008


On Monday August 3rd, 2020, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department’s Marijuana Enforcement Team (MET) directed an operation targeting outdoor illegal marijuana cultivations in the unincorporated areas of Anza. The operation was supported by members from the Riverside District Attorney’s Office Cannabis Regulation Task Force (CRTF), United States Forest Service, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Bureau of Land Management, and Campaign Against Marijuana Planting (CAMP). 

Over the course of the operation team members worked to eradicate illegal cultivation sites on over 220 acres of public and private land. Over 13,500 marijuana plants were eradicated. In addition, 280 pounds of processed marijuana were recovered from a makeshift processing shed. The combination of processed marijuana and future harvest of the eradicated plants has an estimated street value of $21 million.

These illegal cultivations cause deforestation, destroy wildlife habitats, pose a threat to the citizens of Riverside County, and utilize hazardous chemical pollutants that cause damage to the environment. The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department remains dedicated to eradicating these illegal cultivation sites.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact Master Investigator Rodriguez at (951) 955-1700.

For media inquiries regarding this incident please contact the Media Information Bureau.

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