A 35-year-old man suspected of operating an indoor marijuana grow at a Lake Elsinore home was released from custody Friday after posting a $15,000 bond.
Patrick Wayne Alves of Lake Elsinore was arrested and booked into the Byrd Detention Center Thursday on suspicion of illegal cultivation of marijuana and transportation of marijuana for sale. Alves posted bail Friday morning and was let out of the Murrieta jail.
According to Riverside County sheriff’s Sgt. Jeff Reese, deputies served a search warrant at the suspect’s property in the 19400 block of Palomar Court, near Beechwood Lane, about 3 p.m. Thursday.
“During the investigation, a large-scale indoor marijuana grow was located … with plants in various stages of growth, and a large amount of U.S. currency,” Reese said.
Alves was taken into custody without a struggle.
The marijuana plants were confiscated for destruction, Reese said, and the investigation is ongoing.
The city of Lake Elsinore has authorized permits for storefront cannabis shops, but commercial grows are not permitted in residences.