Dozens of Search Warrants Served, Several Arrested in Anza Valley Marijuana Grow Raids

Riverside County sheriff’s deputies load confiscated marijuana plants onto a truck in the Anza area on June 5, 2019, in an image tweeted by the department. 

Riverside County sheriff’s deputies load confiscated marijuana plants onto a truck in the Anza area on June 5, 2019, in an image tweeted by the department. 

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department served roughly 80 search warrants in Anza Valley on Wednesday and arrested several people connected with illegal marijuana grow operations.

“Heavy police activity throughout the Anza Valley today. There is no threat to public safety,” officials tweeted. Hundreds of police officers from several agencies were reportedly seen in the area, and video and photos showed truckloads of confiscated marijuana plants.

The raids come more than a month after Riverside County officials held a similar eradication effort in Anza on April 20, or 4/20 — a date typically viewed as a holiday for marijuana users. At the direction of newly elected Sheriff Chad Bianco, illegal marijuana distributors were the target. Bianco said at the time that tons of illegal marijuana were confiscated.

“We treated 4/20 a little different. … Yes, there is a new Sheriff in town,” he wrote on Facebook.

Read the full story on LATimes.com.

 

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