Deputies confiscate nearly 9,000 cannabis plants at Anza grow sites

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An investigation was underway Friday, March 18, to identify the individuals responsible for operating illegal marijuana grow sites in the Anza Valley where Riverside County sheriff’s deputies seized nearly 9,000 plants and more than two tons of processed weed.During an operation Thursday, deputies, county Department of Code Enforcement personnel and California Department of Fish & Wildlife officers conducted a sweep targeting five separate grows around the unincorporated community of Anza.Sheriff’s representative Deputy Anthony Pelato said that warrants were served at each location, though no one was found at any of the sites, and no arrests were made.According to Pelato, 8,852 cannabis plants in various stages of growth were confiscated, along with 4,500 pounds of proc
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