LAKE ELSINORE (CNS) – An indoor marijuana grow containing hundreds of plants was seized just north of Lake Elsinore, but the suspects behind the operation remained at large Thursday.
The cultivation site in the 27000 block of Coyote Mesa Drive, in a community known as Horsethief Canyon, was raided by Riverside County sheriff’s deputies Wednesday afternoon, according to sheriff’s Sgt. Glenn Warrington.
He said deputies were tipped off to the grow after area residents complained of a strong odor of marijuana emanating from the house. A search warrant was obtained and served, resulting in the seizure of 430 cannabis plants in various stages of growth, according to the sergeant.
No one was home.
“The electrical system within the residence was illegally altered causing a severe fire hazard,” Warrington said. “SoCal Edison responded and turned off the power due to illegal wiring throughout the residence.”
The cannabis was confiscated for destruction.
The investigation is ongoing, and anyone with information about the operators of the site was asked to call the sheriff’s Lake Elsinore station at 951-245-3300.
Deputies have been conducting raids on indoor grows in and around Lake Elsinore since April.
Neither the city or county has approved permits for commercial marijuana cultivation activity of any kind.