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PHOTO COURTESY OF SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT
POT OPERATION: A marijuana cultivation was found in Adelanto. Two suspects were arrested and over 1,800 marijuana plants and five firearms were seized during the service of a search warrant.

Deputies looking for pit bulls find pot plants

ADELANTO • San Bernardino County Sheriff deputies looking for two vicious pit bulls instead found nearly 2,000 marijuana plants, two suspects, three rifles and two shotguns.

A sheriff's statement Saturday says deputies in Adelanto received complaints from employees at a business saying they’d been attacked by two pit bulls, and traced the dogs to a nearby warehouse on Friday.

The deputies found no pit bulls at the warehouse, but did discover a huge pot operation. After a search warrant was obtained a narcotics team seized 1,850 marijuana plants growing in cargo containers, along with about 10 pounds of processed marijuana, three rifles and two shotguns.

The statement says 57-year-old David Lusk and 35-year-old Steven Hall were arrested. They’d been living in makeshift bedrooms in the 20,000-squarefoot building. They were booked into Adelanto detention center about a block from their warehouse.

Investigators found exposed electrical wiring that was carelessly installed posing a high risk for electrocution and fire danger. The wiring was added specifically for the cultivation equipment and was not inspected or approved by city building inspectors. Adleanto city Code Enforcement responded and determined the building was not suitable to be occupied due to conditions of the unapproved construction and addition of high voltage wiring.

Anyone with information can contact the Sheriff's Narcotics Division at (909) 890-4840 or the We -Tip Hotline at (800) 782-7463.

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