Deputies seize more than 3,400 pot plants in High Desert raids

By in Press Enterprise on November 19, 2017

By Jim Steinberg

VICTORVILLE >> San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Deputies seized 3,475 marijuana plants after serving search warrants at four High Desert locations Friday, the agency announced Saturday.

All of the marijuana grows were not in compliance with the California medical marijuana law or other ordinances, the sheriff’s department said in a statement.

At three of the four locations investigators found that the illegal growers had tampered with the main power lines at residences to bypass the electrical meters installed by the utility company, allowing the theft of electricity needed to operate equipment used to grow marijuana.

The loss to Southern California Edison is believed to be in the thousands of dollars, the statement said.

Here’s what deputies found at the four locations:

–15038 Cobalt Road, Victorville

1,138 marijuana plants and utility theft. Suspects’ identification is pending.

–12276 Osprey Lane, Victorville

209 marijuana plants and utility theft. Suspects’ identification is pending

–11633 Stuveling Street, Oak Hills

206 marijuana plants. Suspects’ identification is pending

–6678 Mesa Linda Street, Oak Hills

1,922 marijuana plants and utility theft.

The suspect has been identified but not arrested.

Investigators said the grows didn’t appear to be linked together.

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