The property came under investigation after deputies learned of alleged illicit behavior there earlier this month.
According to Sgt. Jeff Reese, Riverside Sheriff’s deputies served the search warrant at 8:30 a.m. and police found marijuana plants in “various stages of growth” around the perimeter of the residence, as well as “several hundred pounds of processed marijuana.”
“The estimated street value of the plants (and packaged product) was over $1 million,” Sgt. Reese said.
No arrests were made and no suspects were identified. Reese said the investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is urged to call the sheriff’s Lake Elsinore station at (951) 245-3300.
LAKE ELSINORE (CBSLA) – Nearly 5,000 cannabis plants growing outside of a home were seized Thursday during a raid in the 33400 block of Follman Way, on the eastern fringe of the Cleveland National Forest.
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Despite the legalization of recreational cannabis that kicked in 2018, some industry advocates say the illicit market has continued to thrive. Coachella Valley law enforcement have cracked down on some unlicensed cultivation spots this year, while two arrests were made this summer in connection with a large fire in Indio last summer at an illegal butane honey oil manufacturing operation.
“We share a common goal with the attorney general and the state, which is to improve public safety and protect our nation’s important public lands,” she said.
Why crack down on the illegal market?
About 25% of the raided grow sites and more than 50% of the plants seized came from federal lands. Karen Mouritsen, the California director for the Bureau of Land Management, said such sites can pop up on hard-to-access areas on federal land away from public view. But they can still cause harm to wildlife habitat or endanger the public who are there to recreate, she said.
CAMP raids are a multi-agency collaboration between federal, state and local law enforcement dating back to 1983 to crack down on illicit cannabis grows.
Becerra: Raids bolster land preservation
And some illicit grow operations have “unapproved irrigation systems” made up of rerouted creeks and streams to get water to their crops, Becerra said.
RIVERSIDE COUNTY, CA — The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department says that it has found and dismantled a large, illegal marijuana grow operation in Anza.
Over 4,200 marijuana plants and 1,400 pounds of processed weed were recently discovered in Anza and then "eradicated," the Riverside County Sheriff's Dept. says. (Riverside County Sheriff's Dept.)
About 4,251 marijuana plants and 1,489 pounds of processed weed were recently discovered in Anza, the Riverside County Sheriff's Dept. says.
On Nov. 10, personnel from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, Riverside County Code Enforcement, and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife served six marijuana cultivation related search warrants in the unincorporated county area of Anza.
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“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,” the Sheriff’s Department said in a statement provided to Patch. “Marijuana cultivation negatively impacts the environment in many ways including diminishing and poisoning the water table and pesticides adversely affecting the health of neighboring residents.”