Two men and a woman were arrested on suspicion of operating multiple indoor cannabis grows in Jurupa Valley, where nearly 4,000 marijuana plants were seized, Riverside County sheriff’s officials reported Wednesday.
Yijing Cheng, 25, Minhua Duan, 55, and Zhiyang Lai, 26, were arrested Monday during a series of raids by deputies, who served search warrants at two houses in the 11600 block of Daisy Court, as well as a home in the 11100 block of Dane Drive and another in the 11500 block of Pansy Place.
Cheng was arrested on suspicion of illegal cultivation of marijuana, but she posted a $20,000 bond hours later and was released from the Robert Presley Jail in Riverside. Duan was taken into custody on suspicion of illegal cultivation of marijuana and theft of utilities. He was released on his own recognizance, as was Lai, who was arrested for alleged theft of utilities.
According to sheriff’s officials, the suspects and properties became the focus of an investigation by the sheriff’s Special Enforcement Team in recent weeks after alleged illicit activity was uncovered at the homes. No other details were provided.
Deputies seized a total of 3,725 cannabis plans during the operations Monday, investigators said.
Each of the properties had also been converted specifically to support the grows, with utility circuits illegally altered and re-routed to increase electricity capacity, according to sheriff’s officials.
The city of Jurupa Valley permits storefront marijuana sales but has not issued licenses for cultivation or manufacturing sites, indoor or outdoor.
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