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Friday October 1st, 2021 :: 05:27 p.m. PDT

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Outdoor Marijuana Cultivations-Operation Hammer Strike, Week 5; Team Seizes Over 9,000 Pounds of Processed Marijuana

INCIDENT: Outdoor Marijuana Cultivations-Operation Hammer Strike, Week 5

LOCATION:   #1 - 38500 Block of Furst Street, Lucerne Valley
                         #2 - Parcel with no address, Lucerne Valley
                         #3 - Parcel with no address, Lucerne Valley
                         #4 - Parcel with no address, Lucerne Valley
                         #5 - 11300 Lakeview Road, Lucerne Valley
                         #6 - 81400 Schreech Owl, Wonder Valley
                         #7 - Parcel with no address, Wonder Valley
                         #8 - Parcel with no address, Wonder Valley
                         #9 - 2900 Block of Blower Road, Wonder Valley
                         #10 - 1200 Block of Mac Rae Blvd, Twentynine Palms
                         #11 - 71600 Block of Pole Line Road, Twentynine Palms
                         #12 - 13500 Blcok of Mohawk Road, Apple Valley
                         #13 - 11000 Block of Manada Road, Phelan
                         #14 - 10000 Block of Desert View Road, Phelan
                         #15 - 9900 Block of Desert View Road, Phelan
                         #16 - 22300 Block of Sioux Road, Apple Valley
                         #17 - 10700 Block of Lancelet Avenue, Apple Valley
                         #18 - 25400 Block of Skyline Drive, Apple Valley
                         #19 - Parcel with no address, Newberry Springs
                         #20 - 45100 Block of Black Butte, Newberry Springs
                         #21 - 45400 Block of Mendocino Road, Newberry Springs
                         #22 - 15100 Block of Cheyenne Road, Apple Valley
                         #23 - 8800 Block of W. Hill Drive, Pinon Hills
                         #24 - Parcel with no address, Pinon Hills
                         #25 - 700 Block of Cactus Road, Pinon Hills
                         #26 - 30000 Block of Estero Road, Pinon Hills

                         

SUSPECT(S): Leon Romero, 21 year old male resident of Houston, Tx. Location #5
                        Daniel Quevale,  22 year old male resident of Houston, Tx. Location #5
                        Jonathan Manzo, 38 year old male resident of Rancho Cucamonga, Ca. Location #5
                        Chau Phu, 43 year old male resident of Wonder Valley, Ca. Location #6
                        Chorm Chhath, 71 year old male resident of Wonder Valley, Ca. Location #9
                        Steven Sok, 81 year old male resident of Wonder Valley, Ca., Location #9
                        May Ziong Yang, 53 year old female resident of Twentynine Palms, Ca. Location #11
                        Kent Schmidt, 33 year old male resident of Apple Valley, Ca. Location #12
                        Kasandra Pendrod, 23 year old female resident of Apple Valley, Ca. Location #12
                        Heng Bunleng, 61 year old male resident of Parlier, Ca. Location #13
                        Sieng Prum, 41 year old male resident of Proterville, Ca. Location #13
                        Ol Chhean, 53 year old male resident of Fresno, Ca. Location #13
                        Luis Rolando Garcia, 50 year old male resident of Phelan, Ca. Location #14
                        Mingquan Pan, 49 year old female resident of Apple Valley, Ca. Location #16
                        Yanan Xu, 51 year old female resident of Apple Valley, Ca. Location #17
                        Yushan Wu, 51 year old female resident of El Monte, Ca. Location #19
                        Daguang Liao, 51 year old male resident of El Monte, Ca. Location #19
                        Hung Yuebia, 29 year old male resident of Newberry Springs, Ca. Location #19
                        Qing Hua Wang, 36 year old male resident of Newberry Springs, Ca. Location #19
                        Yubo Lai, 27 year old male resident of Alhambra, Ca. Location #19
                        Phang Loth, 71 year old male resident of Long Beach, Ca. Location #20
                        Mohammed Zaman, 36 year old male resident of Apple Valley, Ca. Location #22
                     Khammoume Keolangsy, 66 year old male resident of Pinon Hills, Ca. Location #23
                     Deang Jaitone, 59 year old male resident of Pinon Hills, Ca. Location #23
                     Phatcharin Pantaratana, 62 year old male resident of Pinon Hills, Ca. Location #23
                     Sommany Bouttirath, 51 year old male resident of Pinon Hills, Ca. Location #23
                     Phaynam Sayavong, 54 year old male resident of Pinon Hills, Ca. Location #23
                     Marcos Antonio Chavez Torres, 24 year old male resident of Pinon Hills, Ca. Location #24
                     Luis Fernando Chapa Rocha, 37 year old male resident of Pinon Hills, Ca. Location #24
                     Jesus Contreras, 43 year old male resident of Pinon Hills, Ca. Location #25
                     Fernando Contreras, 39 year old male resident of Pinon Hills, Ca. Location #25
                     Menh Tsan, 42 year old male resident of Pinon Hills, Ca. Location #26
                     Soon Kang, 72 year old male resident of Pinon Hills, Ca. Location #26
                     Kang Gu, 74 year old male resident of Pinon Hills, Ca. Location #26
                     Jenny Pan, 53 year old female resident of Pinon Hills, Ca. Location #26
                     Van Liu, 34 year old male resident of Pinon Hills, Ca. Location #26
                     Karol Liu, 53 year old female resident of Pinon Hills, Ca. Location #26
                     Nhan Liu, 69 year old male resident of Pinon Hills, Ca. Location #26
 
                                              

VICTIM(S):      


SUMMARY: Between September 27, 2021, and October 1, 2021, investigators from the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department - Marijuana Enforcement Team (MET) served 26 search warrants at various locations in Lucerne Valley, Wonder Valley, Twentynine Palms,  Apple Valley, Phelan, Pinon Hills, 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 38 suspects.  Investigators seized 24,818 marijuana plants, 9,627.8 pounds of processed marijuana, 10 guns, and $302,000.00 in cash.  Investigators eradicated a total of 189  greenhouses found at these locations, along with five residences that contained indoor cultivations.  Investigators mitigated five electrical bypasses.

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. 652100659
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SHANNON D. DICUS, Sheriff-Coroner
San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department

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