Illegal Marijuana Processing Operation


On December 5, 2020, deputies from the Perris Station Special Enforcement Team responded to the 31000 block of Terand Ave., in Homeland, to conduct follow-up investigation to an illegal marijuana processing operation search warrant from November 27, 2020. As deputies approached the property, they observed marijuana in plain sight. Three suspects attempted to flee the property but were apprehended. Deputies obtained a search warrant for the property. A search of the property yielded 585 pounds of processed marijuana, 75 pounds of marijuana shake, an assault rifle and over $5,000 in U.S Currency. All the marijuana was subsequently removed from the property, and all U.S. currency was collected for asset forfeiture.

Gilberto Valdez Mercado a 32-year-old resident of Homeland, Jose Jhovany Botello a 26-year-old resident of San Jacinto and Noel Perez Hernandez a 27-year-old of San Jacinto were arrested for possession of marijuana for sales.

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. Illegal marijuana operations negatively impact the neighborhoods, property value and environment. 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.

This is an ongoing investigation. Anyone with additional information is encouraged to contact Deputy Gomez at the Perris Station by calling 951-210-1000.

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