Multi-agency operation in Anza Valley nets $189M worth of pot, 8 arrests

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Sheriff Chad Bianco, seen here speaking to press during a cannabis enforcement activity at the Riverside County Sheriff's Command Center at Hamilton High School, has banned the use of chokeholds by all Riverside County Sheriff Deputies. Diane Sieker photo
Upward of 700 law enforcement personnel from multiple agencies descended on the communities of Anza, Aguanga and Sage, Wednesday, June 5, to perform an illegal marijuana cultivation operation conducted by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department and spearheaded by the Hemet Sheriff’s Station. When it was all said and done, the operation resulted in the confiscation of more than 140,877 marijuana plants worth an estimated $189 million on the street and the arrest of eight people on a variety of charges. According to Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Public Information Bureau Sergeant Albert Martinez, 3,037 pounds of processed marijuana, 17 rifles and 10 handguns were also seized, and 70 tons of plants were disposed of with the help of the Department of Waste Resources at the La
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