Alleged Large-Scale Marijuana Grow Operation Uncovered in Riverside County; 8 Arrested

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Eight people were arrested in connection with an alleged “large-scale marijuana grow operation” in the Riverside County community of Anza, authorities announced Friday.

The Riverside County Sheriff's Department released the names and booking photos of eight people arrested in connection with an alleged marijuana grow operation on May 12, 2016.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department released the names and booking photos of eight people arrested in connection with an alleged marijuana grow operation on May 12, 2016.

The discovery of the suspected illegal operation was made after a search warrant was served on private property located off of Tripp Flats Road about 7 a.m. Thursday, according to a news release from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

The warrant was the result of a criminal investigation into an alleged marijuana grow that included the use of indoor “greenhouse” type structures.

After searching the property, investigators determined that the operation “was in violation of illegally cultivating marijuana for the purposes of monetary profit,” the release stated.

More than 3,500 marijuana plants were confiscated and eight suspects were arrested.

Most of the people taken into custody were from out of state. The arrestees were identified by the Sheriff’s Department as: Saobory Yin, 35, of Wisconsin; Avelino Partida, 28, of Wisconsin; Bountong Vatsna, 46, of California; Amme Lee, 32, of Alabama; Thieng Sopha, 38, of Alabama; May Yang, 49, of Wisconsin; Thoa Lee, 39, of Wisconsin; and Youa Kue, 51, of Wisconsin.

They were all booked into the Riverside County Jail at the Southwest Detention Center.

Anyone with additional information is encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s Department at 951-955-1720.