WILDOMAR (CNS) – Riverside County sheriff’s deputies raided an alleged illegal marijuana growing operation in Wildomar on Saturday, seizing plants and processed pot, and arresting a man, authorities said.
The deputies served a search warrant at 8:30 a.m. near the 23400 block of Crooked Arrow Drive, Riverside County sheriff’s Sgt. Glenn Warrington said. The warrant was obtained following complaints of illegal marijuana cultivating at that location, he said.
“As a result of the search warrant, approximately 175 marijuana plants in various stages of growth and 320 pounds of processed marijuana were located and collected,” Warrington said.
Kirk Alvarado, 34, was booked into the Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta for suspicion of illegal marijuana cultivation, possession for sales of marijuana and child endangerment, the sergeant said. Bail was set at $5,000, which he was released on 2 1/2 hours later.
It’s the second raid on a suspected illegal marijuana grow in Wildomar this week. On Christmas eve, deputies served a search warrant at a home in the 25800 block of Via Sarah, where they found marijuana plants and alterations to the home’s electrical system. No arrests were made in that case.