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Posted on: November 8, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Illegal Marijuana Grow Operation



Sheriff Chad Bianco

Press Release:Illegal Marijuana Grow Operation
Station Area:Lake Elsinore
Written Date:11/07/19Time:6:00 PM
Incident Date:11/07/19Time:3:30 PM
Incident Location:Via Del Renal Court, Lake Elsinore
Reporting Officer:Sergeant Glenn Warrington
File Number(s):L193080126


At the beginning of November, deputies assigned to the Lake Elsinore Sheriff’s Station received complaints regarding possible illegal marijuana cultivation occurring within the city of Lake Elsinore, Riverside County. 

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On November 7, 2019, deputies served a search warrant on Via Del Renal Court.  As a result of the search warrant, approximately 700 marijuana plants in various stages of growth were located and collected. In addition, the electrical system within the residence had been illegally altered causing a severe fire hazard and theft of utilities. The estimated theft of utilities for the last year was valued by Edison at approximately $52,000.  The entire residence was turned into an illegal marijuana cultivation. There was no one located at the residence. 

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Lake Elsinore Code Enforcement along with Lake Elsinore Building and Safety deemed the house uninhabitable.  Edison Company responded out to the residence and turned the power off to the residence due to the illegal wiring throughout the residence.  

At the direction of Sheriff Chad Bianco, all information received regarding illegal marijuana cultivation will be thoroughly investigated.

This is an ongoing investigation.  Anyone with additional information is encouraged to contact Deputy Talbott at the Lake Elsinore Sheriff’s Station (951) 245-3300. 

Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff's CrimeTips online form.

The Riverside County Sheriff's Department is seeking applicants for Deputy Sheriff, Deputy Sheriff Trainee, Correctional Deputy, Sheriff's 911 Communications Officer, and other employment opportunities such as clerical and support positions.  If you are interested in a career with us, please apply at or call 1-888-Join-RSD

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