Man arrested for allegedly growing marijuana in Hemet-area home


VALLE VISTA (CNS) – A 42-year-old man suspected of illegally cultivating and packaging hundreds of pounds of marijuana inside a home just east of Hemet was released from custody Tuesday after posting a $10,000 bond.

Chen Chun was arrested Monday and booked into the Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta on suspicion of cultivation of marijuana without a permit and theft of utilities. He met his bail requirement this morning, and was freed from jail.

According to Riverside County sheriff’s Sgt. James Burton, the sheriff’s department received “numerous complaints” about the alleged illegal indoor grow operation in the 43000 block of Mayberry Avenue, near Pleasant Street, in the unincorporated community of Valle Vista.

Deputies initiated an investigation and obtained sufficient evidence to obtain a search warrant, which was served about 10 a.m. Monday, Burton said.

“During the service, 1,390 marijuana plants were eradicated and 300 pounds of processed marijuana was collected for a total combined weight of approximately a half-ton,” the sergeant said.

He said more than 60 jerry-rigged lights and ballasts were also seized, operated by an illegally reconfigured circuit breaker box that led to the alleged theft of electricity from Southern California Edison over an unspecified period.

The monetary loss to SCE was not immediately known.