ANZA- On December 17, 2020, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, California Department of Fish and Wildlife and California Department of Food and Agriculture served five marijuana cultivation related search warrants in the unincorporated Riverside County area of Anza. During the service of the search warrants, approximately 2,592 plants were eradicated, and 400 pounds of processed marijuana were collected, for a total combined weight of approximately three tons.
Law enforcement officers discovered four firearms, (two rifles including an AR-15 and two handguns), which were collected for evidence. Several containers of toxic pesticides that are known to endanger domestic animals and wildlife and are known hazards to the water table were located at one of the locations.
“The work of local and state law enforcement officers who target illegal cannabis operations benefits the surrounding community by increasing public safety and protecting the environment,” said California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA) President Alan Barcelona. “In addition, it protects licensed cultivation operations and consumers.”