A Lake Elsinore house that was converted to an indoor marijuana grow site contained more than 1,000 cannabis plants, resulting in confiscation and the arrest of a 31-year-old man allegedly managing the operation, authorities said Friday.
Riverside County sheriff’s deputies raided the property in the 35000 block of Desert Rose Way, near Trailside Drive, about 8:30 p.m. Thursday, according to agency spokesman Sgt. Glenn Warrington.
He said deputies were tipped off to possible illegal cultivation of marijuana at the location earlier this month, and an investigation was conducted, culminating in a search warrant being obtained and served.
“The residence was transformed using common building materials into an illegal marijuana cultivation site,” Warrington said. “Approximately 1,500 marijuana plants in various stages of growth were located inside the residence.”
They were confiscated for destruction.
Justin Jun Shen was arrested without incident and booked into the Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta on suspicion of illegal cultivation of marijuana, but posted $5,000 bond and was released from custody a few hours later.
The electrical system at the house had been altered to support the sun lamps and other gear needed for the alleged grow, according to Warrington.
Southern California Edison technicians were summoned and shut off power to the property, and staff from the Lake Elsinore Department of Code Enforcement declared the house unsafe to occupy, the sergeant said.
Numerous raids have been conducted in and around Lake Elsinore since April, targeting illegal indoor grows.
On Wednesday, deputies served a warrant at a home in the 30000 block of Skylark Drive, where 1,200 cannabis plants were seized, according to sheriff’s Sgt. Jeff Reese.
Angela G. Bright, 76, the sole occupant of the property, was arrested on suspicion of illegal cultivation of marijuana, but posted $10,000 bond and was released from the Murrieta jail that evening.
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