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Illegal marijuana growing operation found in Pinon Hills
A complex hydroponic marijuana cultivation operation was found inside a 1,600 square foot residence on Ponderosa Road in Pinon Hills, officials said.
The discovery was made on Monday at about 11 a.m. after Deputy Dominic Moody, of the San Bernardino County Sheriff ’s Victor Valley station observed a suspicious subject walking around a residence he believed to be vacant.
Moody then observed the suspect entering the residence. When met at the front door by the suspect, Moody smelled the odor of marijuana coming from inside the residence. At that time, the suspect was detained so the house could be investigated further.
Officials called in the sheriff's Narcotics Division Marijuana Eradication Team, who brought a search warrant with them. Officials discovered that the entire residence, including the two - car garage, was being used for marijuana cultivation operation. Along with the extensive hydroponic cultivation system, more than 500 plants in all stages of growth were seized.
Investigators also found evidence of the theft of electricity as a result of an electrical bypass. Officials called in personnel from Southern California Edison who then shut off power to the residence. The potential for electrocution and fire was high, officials said. Investigators spent most of the evening removing evidence and disassembling the equipment used for cultivation. According to officials, the suspect, 20-year-old Alejandro Guadalupe Amarillas Quintero, of Adelanto, was arrested and booked into the Adelanto Detention Center.
Officials are asking anyone with information to contact the sheriff ’s Narcotics Division at (909) 890-4840. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can call the We-Tip Hotline at (800)78-CRIME(27463).
Information can also be given online at www.wetip.com.
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