Several individuals from the High Desert, San Bernardino and Mexico were arrested during the serving of search warrants at six illegal cannabis grows in the Victor Valley, according to sheriff’s officials.
The searches began at approximately 7 a.m. Wednesday, with San Bernardino County sheriff’s investigators seizing 5,043 marijuana plants and 48 pounds of processed marijuana over the course of the day.
The warrants were served by the sheriff department’s Marijuana Enforcement Team and deputies from the Victor Valley Station.
The suspects, who were cited on suspicion of illegal cannabis cultivation, included Phelan resident John McCandless, 67, in the 6900 block of Buckthorne Road in Phelan, Victor Valley station officials said.
Those arrested near the location of Golden View and Bear Valley roads in Piñon Hills were Geovani Rosales, 26, and Jose Corona, 35, both of Mexico; and Piñon Hills resident Rosalinda Sanchez, 51.
San Bernardino residents Juan Renteria, 29, and Alfonso Villasenor, 21, were arrested along with Pablo Arreola, 38, of Phelan, in an area Near La Mesa and Oasis roads in Victorville, east of Highway 395.
Henry Kolter, 71, of Phelan, was the sole individual arrested in the 12900 block of Amarillo Road in Phelan, south of Palmdale Road.
Warrants were also served but no arrests made in the 12200 block of Mountain Road in Piñon Hills and at a location near Oasis and Palmdale roads.
The warrants were served after the Victor Valley Station and MET received numerous complaints about large outdoor marijuana cultivation sites in the area, according to sheriff’s officials.
The investigations revealed the cannabis cultivation sites were not in compliance with California’s Medical and Adult Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act and the county’s ordinance prohibiting commercial cannabis activity.
The Sheriff’s Gangs/Narcotics Division and Victor Valley Station will continue to enforce the state’s cannabis laws, as well as the county’s ordinance regarding cannabis cultivation and distribution, the sheriff’s report said.
Persons found guilty of violating the state law and county ordinance are subject to fines, prosecution, and seizure of property.
Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked by the sheriff’s department to contact the Sheriff’s Gangs/Narcotics Division at 909-387-8400 or email NARC-MET@sbcsd.org.
Callers wishing to remain anonymous can call the We-tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463), or eave information at www.wetip.com.
Daily Press reporter Rene Ray De La Cruz may be reached at 760-951-6227 or RDeLaCruz@VVDailyPress.com. Follow him on Twitter @DP_ReneDeLaCruz.