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3 illegal marijuana grows raided in High Desert area

By in Press Enterprise on February 12, 2018

By Stephen Ramirez

In three separate raids Friday, San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies found more than 7,000 marijuana plants being grown illegally in the High Desert, officials said Sunday.

All three investigations are ongoing, sheriff’s officials said, but the people deemed responsible could face charges for the illegal cultivation of cannabis and, in two of the cases, stealing electricity from Southern California Edison.

The sheriff’s Marijuana Enforcement Team served its first search warrant at 8 a.m. at a building in the 14700 block of Hesperia Road in Victorville, according to a sheriff’s news release.

Deputies found more than 4,500 plants growing, the release said. The property tenants or owners had not obtained local or state licenses to grow more than the six marijuana plants allowed by the city.

The operation is believed to have been going on for some time — advanced lighting, air-filtering and climate-control systems were in use, and major structural, electrical and plumbing modifications had been made to the building, authorities said.

The modifications had been done without a city permit, and the building was deemed unsafe and red-tagged, the release said.

The next warrant was served about 1 p.m. at a residence in the 7000 block of Aster Road in the unincorporated Oak Hills community. Deputies found more than 1,800 plants growing and more than 10 pounds of processed marijuana, along with advanced lighting and climate systems, a news release said.

They also discovered the operators had stolen several thousand dollars’ worth of electricity by bypassing the electrical meter — which is not only illegal but also dangerous, authorities noted.

A Southern California Edison meter was being bypassed so the operators of an illegal marijuana grow in the 13600 block of Dean Place in Victorville could steal electricity, according to San Bernardino County sheriff’s officials, who served a search warrant there Friday, Feb. 9, 2018. (Photo courtesy […]    

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