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Posted on: August 19, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Marijuana Cultivation



Sheriff Chad Bianco

Press Release:Marijuana Cultivation
Station Area:Moreno Valley
Written Date:August 19, 2021Time:4:00 PM
Incident Date:August 19, 2021Time:9:50 AM
Incident Location:28000 block of Walther Ave. Unincorporated area of Moreno Valley
Reporting Officer:Sergeant Marcos Acosta
File Number(s):MC212310004


Illegal Marijuana-Grow

On August 19, 2021, about 9:50 am, Problem Oriented Policing (POP), Special Enforcement Team (SET), and Robbery Burglary Supression Team (RBST) deputies responded to the above location reference a warrant service related to an outdoor illegal marijuana grow. During the service of the warrant, 600 plants, approximately 130 pounds of processed marijuana, and multiple pieces of equipment used in illegal cultivation were located. Over ten thousand dollars in cash, and a firearm were also located. There was a watering system, multiple gallons of chemicals, and lighting associated with the cultivation of marijuana. Homes converted to illegal marijuana grows pose a significant danger to the residents in the community, especially those near the grow. Not only is there a risk of fire spreading to the occupied homes, these grows often drain water, heavily polluted with chemicals from the grow, into the sewage drainage system that is not designed for such use.

Luis Gomes 24, Jose Gonzalez 24, Osvaldo Botello 24, and Abraham Botello 28, were all arrested at the location and later booked at the Robert Presley Detention Center. (Booking photos not available)

The goal of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department is to improve the quality of life for those residing within the communities we serve. “Community Policing” involves partnerships between law enforcement and community members. This is an ongoing investigation and anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Deputy Sablan at the Moreno Valley Sheriff’s Station by calling 951-486-6700.

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

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