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Posted on: September 17, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Marijuana Eradication



Sheriff Chad Bianco

Press Release:Marijuana Eradication
Station Area:Anza
Written Date:September 16, 2021Time:4:30 PM
Incident Date:September 16, 2021Time:7:00 AM
Incident Location:Multiple Locations in Anza
Reporting Officer:Sergeant Mike Heath
File Number(s):Multiple


On Thursday, September 16th, 2021, personnel from the following agencies served search warrants at six locations in the unincorporated area of Anza related to marijuana cultivation:

  • Riverside County Sheriff’s Department – Hemet Investigations Bureau
  • Riverside County Sheriff’s Department – Marijuana Eradication Team
  • Riverside County Sheriff’s Department – Larry Smith Correctional Facility
  • Riverside County Code Enforcement
  • California National Guard, Bureau of Land Management & California Department of Justice (Campaign Against Marijuana Planting- C.A.M.P)
  • California Department of Fish and Wildlife

During the search, approximately 1,720 marijuana plants were eradicated, and an additional 800 pounds of processed marijuana were seized, for a total combined weight of approximately 4 tons. The following subjects were arrested and cited during the search warrant service:

  • Anthony Bounkhong, a resident of Fresno, for Cultivation of Marijuana and Possession for Sales of Marijuana.
  • Andrew Bounkhong, a resident of Fresno, for Cultivation of Marijuana and Possession for Sales of Marijuana.

The goal of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department is to keep all of our citizens safe while also improving the quality of life for those residing within the community. Marijuana cultivation negatively impacts the environment in many ways including diminishing and poisoning the water table and pesticides adversely affecting the health of neighboring residents. The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department has a zero-tolerance policy for these offenses. If you suspect drug activity in your area, please contact your local Sheriff’s Station. The Hemet Sheriff’s Station can be reached at (951) 791-3400 and the San Jacinto Sheriff’s Station can be reached at (951) 766-2400. Criminal activity can also be reported through the We-Tip Crime Reporting Hotline, (909) 987-5005.

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