Raid on Cannabis Grow in Lake Elsinore Results in Large Scale Seizure

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FILE PHOTO: Riverside County sheriff’s deputies eradicated this large greenhouse of illegally cultivated cannabis plants in Anza. Anza Valley Outlook/Courtesy photo
LAKE ELSINORE - Authorities today arrested four alleged marijuana growers during a raid of a suspected illegal marijuana cultivation site in Lake Elsinore where more than 5,000 cannabis plants worth approximately $3 million were found growing. Riverside County sheriff's deputies served a search warrant in the area of El Toro Road and Ellie Way at 7 a.m. Lake Elsinore residents Elias Cano Vidal, 37; Gilberto Jesus Vidal, 32; Jaime Vidal, 18; and Loretto Soto Navarro, 26, were arrested at the property and booked into Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta on suspicion of misdemeanor marijuana cultivation. The relation between the suspects, if any, was unclear. According to sheriff's Sgt. Jeff Reese, the property came under investigation after deputies learned of a possible illegal marijuana g
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