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Friday September 24th, 2021 :: 02:28 p.m. PDT

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Outdoor Marijuana Cultivations-Operation Hammer Strike, Week 4; 101 Greenhouses Eradicated

DATE/TIME: September 20, 2021, through September 24, 2021

INCIDENT: Outdoor Marijuana Cultivations-Operation Hammer Strike, Week 4

LOCATION:   #1 - Parcel with no address, Lucerne Valley
                         #2 - Parcel with no address, Lucerne Valley
                         #3 - 32400 Block of Morse Lane, Lucerne Valley
                         #4 - 18200 Block of Monolith Road, Lucerne Valley
                         #5 - 32200 Block of Holmes Road, Lucerne Valley
                         #6 - Parcel with no address, Lucerne Valley
                         #7 - 7400 Block of Turner Road, Wonder Valley
                         #8 - Parcel with no address, Wonder Valley
                         #9 - Parcel with no address, Wonder Valley
                         #10 - Parcel with no address, Wonder Valley
                         #11 - 5000 Block of Henry Road, Wonder Valley
                         #12 - Parcel with no address, Wonder Valley
                         #13 - 10600 Block of Goss Road, Phelan
                         #14 - 10700 Block of Sunset Road, Phelan
                         #15 - 17100 Block of Joshua Road, Apple Valley
                         #16 - 33200 Block of Acmite Road, Lucerne Valley
                         #17 - 46300 Black of Alameda Road, Newberry Springs
                         #18 - 46600 Block of Silver Valley, Newberry Springs
                         #19 - 45000 Block of Mendocino, Newberry Springs
                         #20 - 45100 Block of Palos Verdes, Newberry Springs
                         #21 - Parcel with no address, Pinon Hills
                         #22 - 800 Block of Pomona Road, Pinon Hills
                         #23 - 14500 Block of Oasis Road, Pinon Hills
                         #24 - Parcel with no address, Phelan


SUSPECT(S): Maria Gonzales, 65 year old female resident of Lucerne Valley, Ca. Location #2
                        Ernest Fernandez, 40 year old male resident of Lucerne Valley, Ca. Location #2
                        Lisa Fernandez, 40 year old female resident of Lucerne Valley, Ca. Location #2
                        Balthazar Rivas, 26 year old male resident of Lucerne Valley, Ca. Location #2
                        Miguel Ambriz, 24 year old male resident of Lucerne Valley, Ca. Location #5
                        Jesus Batez Aespuro, 24 year old male resident of Lucerne Valley, Ca. Location #6
                        Mor Vue, 51 year old male resident of Oolgah, Ok. Location #8
                        Onechanh Siharath, 56 year old male resident of Houston, Tx. Location #10
                        Jose Martinez, 21 year old male resident of Mexico. Location #11
                        Heriberto Morales, 25 year old male resident of Mexico. Location #11
                        Agustin Perez-Vargas, 28 year old male resident of Las Vegas, Nv. Location #11
                        Kenet Ambriz, 21 year old male resident of Mexico. Location #11
                        Jessica Pineda, 31 year old female resident of Wonder Valley, Ca. Location #11
                        Jesus Pineda-Ortega, 37 year old male resident of Wonder Valley, Ca. Location #11
                        Carmelo Zaragoza, 28 year old male resident of Houston, Tx. Location #11
                        Darwen Ambriz, 19 year old male resident of Wonder Valley, Ca. Location #11
                        Yongbiao Shi, 56 year old male resident of Victorville, Ca. Location #13
                        Andres Garcia, 51 year old male resident of Mexico. Location #14
                        Jorge Rios, 27 year old male resident of Anaheim, Ca. Location #17
                        Armondo Rochin, 50 year old male resident of Moreno Valley, Ca. Location #17
                        Hilario Blanco, 37 year old male resident of Mexico. Location #17
                        Alejandro Gonzalez, 45 year old male resident of Mexico. Location #17
                        Israel Ramirez, 31 year old male resident of Moreno Valley, Ca. Location #17
                        Gerardo Alcantar, 22 year old male resident of Perris, Ca. Location #17
                        Armando Nunez, 23 year old male resident Moreno Valley, Ca. Locatio #17
                        Sebastian Penaloza, 21 year old male resident of Perris, Ca. Location #17
                        Yun Chen, 52 year old male resident of Pinon Hills, Ca. Location #22
                        Feng Ling Gao, 59 year old male resident of Pinon Hills, Ca. Location #23
                        Xiuyin Lin, 44 year old female resident of Pinon Hills, Ca. Location #23
                        Liquin Lin, 53 year old male resident of Pinon Hills, Ca. Location #23
                        Sun Chang Lin, 31 year old male resident of Pinon Hills, Ca. Location #23
                        Li Cheng Chen, 53 year old male resident of Pinon Hills, Ca. Location #23
                        Liang Chen, 49 year old male resident of Pinon Hills, Ca. Location #23
                      

VICTIM(S):      


SUMMARY: Between September 20, 2021, and September 24, 2021, investigators from the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department - Marijuana Enforcement Team (MET) served 24 search warrants at various locations in Lucerne Valley, Wonder Valley, Apple Valley,  Pinon Hills, Phelan, and Newberry Springs.  MET personnel had received numerous complaints about large outdoor marijuana cultivations in these areas. 

Over this past week,  San Bernardino County Sheriff's personnel located and arrested 33 suspects.  Investigators seized 16,180 marijuana plants, 5,905 pounds of processed marijuana, seven guns, and $41,000.00 in cash.  Investigators eradicated a total of 101 greenhouses found at these locations.  One of the seized handguns had the serial number ground off.  Investigators mitigated one electrical bypass.

The investigations revealed the cannabis cultivations were not in compliance with California's Medical and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA) and San Bernardino County's ordinance prohibiting Commercial Cannabis Activity.  San Bernardino County has a law prohibiting Commercial Cannabis Activity, which includes growing marijuana plants outdoors.  

The Sheriff's Gangs/Narcotics Division will continue to enforce California's cannabis laws and San Bernardino County's ordinance regarding cannabis cultivation and distribution.  Persons found guilty of violating the state law and county ordinance are subject to fines, prosecution, and seizure of property.  

Property owners who are growing marijuana or are aware their tenants are growing marijuana on their properties in violation of the state law and local ordinances may also be subject to civil or criminal sanctions.  Property owners are encouraged to contact their local law enforcement or code compliance agency to confirm if cultivating cannabis is prohibited or allowed under specific regulations.

The suspects were cited or booked on charges of Cultivation of Cannabis, over six plants, and Possession for Sales of Marijuana.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to contact the Sheriff's Gangs/Narcotics Division at (909)387-8400 or [email protected] Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call the We-tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463), or you may leave the information on the We-Tip Hotline at www.wetip.com.

Refer: Sheriff's Public Affairs

Station: Gangs/Narcotics Division

Phone No. (909) 387-3700

Case No. 652100619
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SHANNON D. DICUS, Sheriff-Coroner
San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department

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