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Friday October 8th, 2021 :: 03:05 p.m. PDT

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Operation Hammer Strike Week Six; Team Seizes over 23,000 Marijuana Plants

DATE/TIME: October 4, 2021, through October 10, 2021

INCIDENT: Outdoor Marijuana Cultivations-Operation Hammer Strike, Week 6

LOCATION: #1 - 20200 Block of Melville Road, Lucerne Valley
                       #2 - Parcel with no address, Lucerne Valley
                       #3 - Parcel with no address, Lucerne Valley
                       #4 - 31800 Block of Bumpkin Road, Lucerne Valley
                       #5 - 17600 Block of Cattleman Road, Lucerne Valley
                       #6 - 33200 Block of Haynes Road, Lucerne Valley
                       #7 - 1000 Block of Sunrise Road, Twentynine Palms
                       #8 - Parcel with no address, Twentynine Palms
                       #9 - Parcel with no address, Twentynine Palms
                       #10 - Parcel with no address, Twentynine Palms
                       #11 - 71500 Block of Winters Road, Twentynine Palms
                       #12 - 71400 Block of Winters Road, Twentynine Palms
                       #13 - 1600 Block of 5th Street, Alhambra
                       #14 - 300 Block of Sefton Avenue, Monterey Park
                       #15 - 13500 Block of Treasure Way, Chino Hills
                       #16 - 27400 Block of Pacific, Highland
                       #17 - 12200 Block of Thomas Lane, Yucaipa
                       #18 - 2000 Block of Adams Street, Muscoy
                       #19 - 60200 Block of Mitch Lane, Landers
                       #20 - Parcel with no address, Pinon Hills
                       #21 - Parcel with no address, Pinon Hills
                       #22 - Parcel with no address, Hinkley
                       #23 - Parcel with no address, Hinkley
                       #24 - Parcel with no address, Hinkley
                       #25 - 10800 Block of Mariner, Spring Valley Lake
                       #26 - 13500 Block of Seagull, Spring Valley Lake
                       #27 - Pacel with no address, Pinon Hills
                       #28 - Parcel with no address, Pinon Hills
                       #29 - 2800 Block of Estero Road, Pinon Hills
                       #30 - Parcel with no address, Pinon Hills
                      

SUSPECT(S): Jose Antonio, 35 year old male resident of Lucerne Valley, Ca. Location #4
                        Rose Maria, 66 year old female resident of Lucerne Valley, Ca. Location #4
                        Cipriano Martinez Cruz, 40 year old male resident of Mexico. Location #5
                        Jesus Carmona, 26 year old male resident of Mexico. Location #5
                        Luis Escamella, 27 year old male resident of Mexico. Location #5
                        Gary Alan Pierre, 65 year old male resident of Apple Valley, Ca. Location #5
                        German Perez Gomez, 36 year old male resident of Oakland, Ca. Location #6
                        Ricardo Perez, 33 year old male resident of Oakland, Ca. Location #6
                        Nisa Soukhaphaly, 48 year old female resident of Twentynine Palms, Ca. Location #7
                        Bovathong Phakousonh, 42 year old male resident of Twentynine Palms, Ca. Location #7
                        Devyn Edwards, 22 year old male resident of Milwaukee, Wi. Location #7
                        Madetha Phakousonh, 20 year old female resident of Milwaukee, Wi. Location #7
                        Kyle Miley, 31 year old male resident of Yucaipa, Ca. Location #17
                        Ismael Morfin Morfin, 48 year old male resident of Bloomington, Ca. Location #18
                        Floriberto Valazquez, 30 year old male resident of Mexico. Location #19
                        Bruno Zaragoza-Pineda, 33 year old male resident of Visalia, Ca. Location #19
                        Juan Zeferino, 23 year old male resident of Mexico. Location #19
                        Heriberto Ziranda, 28 year old male resident of Mexico. Location #19
                        Cristino Zeferino, 30 year old male resident of Visalia, Ca. Location #19
                        Emilio Partida, 30 year old male resident of Mexico. Location #21
                        Omar Gante, 31 year old male resident of Mexico. Location #21
                        Luis Gonzalez, 26 year old male resident of Hinkley, Ca. Location #22
                       Alejandro Valencia, 19 year old male resident of Hinkley, Ca. Location #22
                       Jesus Meraz, 19 year old male resident of Hinkley, Ca. Location #22
                       Mauricio Villasenor, 19 year old male resident of Hinkley, Ca. Location #22
                       Ju Chen, 51 year old male resident of Brooklyn, NY. Location #26
                       Yufeng Chen, 48 year old female resident of Brooklyn, NY. Location #26
                       Sheng Chen, 51 year old male resident of Brooklyn, NY. Location #26
                       Blas Daniel Llanes, 23 year old male resident of Pinon Hills, Ca. Location #27
                       Israel Arredondo, 23 year old male resident of Pinon Hills, Ca. Location #27
                       Yahuo Pan, 50 year old male resident of Pinon Hills, Ca. Location #28
                       Andrew Choi, 57 year old male resident of Los Angeles, Ca. Location #29
                      

VICTIM(S):      


SUMMARY: Between October 4, 2021, and October 10, 2021, investigators from the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department - Marijuana Enforcement Team (MET), along with San Bernardino Sheriff's deputies from several different patrol stations, served 23 search warrants at various locations in Lucerne Valley, Twentynine Palms, Alhambra, Monterey Park, Highland, Yucaipa, Muscoy, Landers, Pinon Hills, Chino Hills, Hinkley, Spring Valley Lake, and Phelan.  MET personnel had received numerous complaints about large outdoor and indoor marijuana cultivations in these areas.  Over this past week, the San Bernardino County Sheriff's personnel located and arrested 32 suspects.  Investigators seized 23,553 marijuana plants, 2,267 pounds of processed marijuana, 14 guns, and $43,400.00 in cash.  Investigators eradicated a total of 123 greenhouses found at these locations.  

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, Possession of a Dangerous Drug, Manufacturing a Controlled Substance, Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, Electrical Theft, Possession for Sales of Marijuana, and Possession of a Dangerous Drug While Armed.

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. 652100700
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                             652100702
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SHANNON D. DICUS, Sheriff-Coroner
San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department

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