Search warrants yield nearly 10,000 marijuana plants in Aguanga

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A Riverside County sheriff’s deputy removes marijuana plants from a property in Aguanga Tuesday, Feb. 11. Anza Valley Outlook/Riverside County Sheriff’s Department photo

Nearly 10,000 marijuana plants were chopped down and 400 pounds of dried cannabis seized, during a multiagency law enforcement operation in and around the unincorporated community of Aguanga that resulted in four arrests, sheriff’s officials announced.

A half-dozen marijuana grow-related search warrants were served Tuesday, Feb. 11, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

Two tons of marijuana were hauled away, including 9,946 growing plants and 411 pounds of processed marijuana. A dissembled honey oil lab was also discovered, along with two stolen vehicles and three firearms – including an SKS semi-automatic carbine, according to sheriff’s officials.

The warrant locations included properties on Misty Meadow Drive in Aguanga and Bonnie Lane in Anza, jail records showed.

Four men were arrested on suspicion of marijuana cultivation: Israel Yanez, 27, of Garden Grove and Aguanga residents Brian Heim, 35, Jacob Buckmaster, 44, and Mitchell Rumer, 32.

The operation was carried out by sheriff’s department, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, California Water Board, Riverside County Code Enforcement and Riverside Auto Theft Interdiction Detail.