RSO: 196 tons illegally cultivated marijuana confiscated by deputies from Hemet station during 9-month span

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Nearly 200 tons of illegally cultivated marijuana was seized in the Hemet Valley and surrounding locations over a nine-month span, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. The agency’s Hemet station released figures indicating that between Jan. 25 and Oct. 15, raids by deputies in Aguanga, Anza, East Hemet, Sage and San Jacinto netted raw and processed cannabis valued at roughly $392 million. Sheriff’s Sgt. James Burton said that the product, totaling 196 tons, was destroyed following the seizures. “The goal of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department is to keep all of our citizens safe while also improving the quality of life for those residing within the community,” Burton said. “Marijuana cultivation negatively impacts the environment in many ways,
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