Illegal Marijuana Grow Operation

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In the beginning of May, deputies assigned to the Lake Elsinore Sheriff’s Stations Problem Oriented Policing Team received information regarding a possible illegal marijuana cultivation occurring in the unincorporated area of Lake Elsinore.

On May 27, 2020, at the direction of Sheriff Chad Bianco, deputies served a search warrant in the 17600 Black of Brightman Avenue. The entire residence was transformed using common building materials into a marijuana cultivation site. The electrical system within the residence had been illegally altered causing a severe fire hazard. Southern California Edison Company responded to the residence and turned the power off to the residence due to the illegal wiring throughout the residence. Approximately 1329 marijuana plants in various stages of growth were located during the search warrant.

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

As a reminder, “Community Policing” involves partnerships between law enforcement and community members. Business owners and residents are encouraged to report criminal activity directly to law enforcement by calling Sheriff’s Dispatch at (951) 776-1099, or by calling 911 if the matter is an emergency.

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