1,000 marijuana plants seized from Lake Elsinore home

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Cannabis plants that were seized from a home in Wildomar in September. Lake Elsinore Sheriff's Station photo

LAKE ELSINORE (CNS) – More than 1,000 cannabis plants were seized from a Lake Elsinore house converted to an illegal cultivation site, authorities said Thursday.

The grow house on Vista Palmero, in an area known as Tuscany Hills, was raided Wednesday afternoon, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

Sgt. Glenn Warrington said that a search warrant was served at the property following an investigation that uncovered illicit activity.

Deputies seized 1,045 cannabis plants, in various stages of growth, for destruction, according to Warrington.

“The electrical system within the residence had been illegally altered, causing a severe fire hazard and theft of utilities,” he said. “The entire residence was turned into an illegal marijuana cultivation.”

No suspects were identified.

Warrington said the power shut down at the house as a safety precaution.

Anyone with information was asked to contact the sheriff’s Lake Elsinore station at 951-245-3300.