Sheriff’s department leads marijuana sweeps in Anza

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Law enforcement vehicles stand ready for deployment during the “El Pequeno” Marijuana Enforcement Sweep Wednesday, Sept. 23, in Anza and Aguanga. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo
A multi-agency law enforcement deployment served search warrants on 38 properties suspected of illegal marijuana cultivation in Anza and Aguanga. Hemet Station’s Detective Bureau led the “El Pequeno” Marijuana Enforcement Sweep activities Wednesday, Sept. 23. Twenty tons of marijuana consisting of 31,878 plants, and 4,165 pounds of processed cannabis were discovered and eradicated. Seven handguns, six shotguns and 12 rifles were collected for evidence, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said. Law enforcement discovered $46,221 in currency that was collected for asset forfeiture proceedings, a stolen trailer and a butane hash oil lab, along with 10 jars of concentrated honey oil. Carbofuran, a toxic pesticide banned in the United States, was found at one location.
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