Santa Ana, California 2021-08-14 01:26:53
After receiving community complaints about the possibility of illegal marijuana cultivation, a deputy detective of the Santa Ana Police Department began monitoring the area to identify illegal businesses.Through clues to the investigation, the deputy detective was able to narrow down the location of the industrial park in the area. 2100 blocks of S. Yale Street.. A Santa Ana Police detective created a search warrant and issued it on Wednesday morning, August 11, 2021.
Initial investigations revealed that several individuals were working in this illegal business, and those individuals were detained. Once inside the building, the detective found an illegal and large cannabis plant. A total of 6 people were detained for illegal cultivation.
While investigating this illegal business, further evidence led the detective to the adjacent building of the complex. The deputy detective utilized the drug detective K9, which immediately issued a warning with a large roll-up door. This additional information allowed the detective to create and obtain a secondary search warrant.
Upon entering the secondary illegal business, detectives found a marijuana packaging facility containing a large amount of marijuana. While inside, the detective detained 90 individuals and three boys who appeared to be working in the facility. Further investigation revealed that the detained individual may have been a victim of trafficking. Detectives are currently working with the Orange County Trafficking Task Force (OCHTTF) and the Orange County District Law Firm to see if these individuals are involved in illegal marijuana operations and / or are victims of trafficking. Is judging.
Representatives of Orange County Social Services Agency and Waymakers have responded to provide the service.
Police Chief David Valentin said: “Providing effective police services and addressing quality of life issues is our number one priority. This multi-faceted enforcement effort is unwavering towards a balanced and traditional community-based policing strategy. We show our commitment. Not only did we eliminate annoying businesses from the community, but we also saved individuals who were victims of trafficking. This is a partnership with the Orange County Social Services Agency and Waymaker. In addition, it would not have been possible without the support and collaborative efforts of relevant law enforcement agencies, including the Orange County Personnel Trading Task Force and the US Department of Labor. “
If you have information about this incident, please call SAPD Vice Detectives ((714) 245-8384) or Orange County Crime Stoppers (1-855-TIP-OCCS).
Published: August 16, 2021
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