Deputies bust indoor cannabis cultivation site in Lake Elsinore


LAKE ELSINORE (CNS) – More than 1,300 marijuana plants being grown inside a Lake Elsinore residence were seized by Riverside County sheriff’s deputies as part of an ongoing crackdown on illegal cultivation sites in the area, authorities said today.
Deputies were alerted to the illegal grow earlier this month by undisclosed sources, and an investigation was initiated that culminated with a search warrant served Wednesday at the home in the 17600 block of Brightman Avenue, near Grand Avenue, according to sheriff’s Sgt. Glenn Warrington.
He said 1,329 cannabis plants in various stages of growth were confiscated from inside the property.
“The entire residence was transformed using common building materials,” the sergeant said. “The electrical system had been illegally altered causing a severe fire hazard.”
Southern California Edison technicians shut down power at the location.
No arrests have been made, but the investigation is continuing, according to Warrington.
Sheriff’s units in the southwest county region, particularly in and around Lake Elsinore, have stepped up operations since early April to deter indoor grows.
No commercial indoor cultivation centers have been approved by the county Board of Supervisors, or any cities in the southwest county area.