15,000 Plants Seized During Marijuana Raids in Riverside County
Riverside County sheriff’s deputies and officials with California’s Department of Fish and Wildlife arrested six people and destroyed 15,000 plants at illegal marijuana grows in the unincorporated Aguanga area last week. A total of 13 search warrants were served. In addition to the plants, authorities confiscated 14 firearms and 2,356 pounds of processed marijuana.
The bust underscores the environmental and public health risks posed by illicit cultivation sites. According to the sheriff’s department, growers were using a banned pesticide. The department did not identify the substance by name. See a list of prohibited cannabis pesticides here.
Riverside County has stepped up marijuana enforcement efforts under Sheriff Chad Bianco, who was elected in November 2018. Sheriff’s officials served about 80 warrants on illegal businesses and seized “truckloads” of pot last June.