Family out trick-or-treating discovers illegal marijuana grow


SAN JACINTO — A family that was out trick-or-treating on Halloween discovered a home that contained an illegal marijuana grow that was later searched and seized by law enforcement.

The family was trick-or-treating along the 2900 Block of Crooked Branch Way in San Jacinto on Thursday night when upon approaching a residence, a parent discovered the front door to the residence open with marijuana growing inside.

According to Sergeant S.C. Burden, deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department’s San Jacinto station arrived and conducted an interior search of the unoccupied residence.

The interior of the residence was heavily modified for the illicit cultivation of marijuana.  Deputies authored and served a search warrant at the location and seized 759 marijuana plants in various stages of growth.

There was nobody inside the home during the course of the investigation.

Sgt. Burden reported that an electrical bypass was located inside the garage and Southern California Edison arrived to assist in the investigation. San Jacinto Code Enforcement determined the house unsafe and red-tagged it.

A dog at the location was turned over to the Ramona Humane Society.

Deputies confiscated all contraband located on the property, but no arrests have were made, and the investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with additional information is asked to call Deputy Graham at Riverside County Sheriff’s dispatch at (951) 776-1099, or the San Jacinto Sheriff Station at (951) 791-3400.