Week 13 of Operation Hammer Strike resulted in 18 search warrants, over 23,000 marijuana plants seized, and 12 arrests, officials said.
Between November 22, 2021, and November 28, 2021, investigators from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department – Marijuana Enforcement Team (MET), along with San Bernardino Sheriff’s deputies from several different Patrol Stations, served 18 search warrants at various locations in Oro Grande, Helendale, Joshua Tree, Newberry Springs, Twentynine Palms, Johnson Valley, San Gabriel, Redlands, Pinon Hills, and Phelan.
MET personnel had received numerous complaints about large outdoor and indoor marijuana cultivations in these areas.
Over this past week, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s personnel located and arrested 12 suspects. Investigators seized 23,002 marijuana plants, 791 pounds of processed marijuana, 15 guns, and over $45,000.00 in cash. Investigators eradicated a total of 89 greenhouses found at these locations and four indoor grow locations.
The investigations revealed the cannabis cultivations were not in compliance with California’s Medical and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA) and San Bernardino County’s ordinance prohibiting Commercial Cannabis Activity. San Bernardino County has a law prohibiting Commercial Cannabis Activity, which includes growing marijuana plants outdoors.
The Sheriff’s Gangs/Narcotics Division will continue to enforce California’s cannabis laws and San Bernardino County’s ordinance regarding cannabis cultivation and distribution. Persons found guilty of violating the state law and county ordinance are subject to fines, prosecution, and seizure of property.
Property owners who are growing marijuana or are aware their tenants are growing marijuana on their properties in violation of the state law and local ordinances may also be subject to civil or criminal sanctions. Property owners are encouraged to contact their local law enforcement or code compliance agency to confirm if cultivating cannabis is prohibited or allowed under specific regulations.
The suspects were cited or booked on charges of Cultivation of Cannabis, over six plants, Possession for Sales of Marijuana, Illegal Water Discharge, Possession of an Unregistered Firearm, and Conspiracy.
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