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San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department

Press Release



DATE/TIME: Monday, August 4, 2014 through Wednesday, August 13, 2014 

INCIDENT: Search Warrants – Outdoor Marijuana Cultivation 

LOCATION: Phelan and Pinion Hills Communities, San Bernardino County 

SUSPECTS: Wilfredo Moreno – 31, Juan Romero-Arajo – 31, Fernando Romero-Puga – 62, Ramiro Zavala – 64, Fernando Licea – 37, Roberto Chavez – 37, Leonardo Cazarez – 26, Oliver Espinoza – 36, Alex Lopez Guerrero – 20, Daniel Ceja – 29, Eloy Barrera Campos - 23 


Summary

Over the past two weeks, members of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Marijuana Enforcement Team have conducted investigations resulting in the service of 14 search warrants at residential properties throughout the communities of Phelan and Pinion Hills. Each location was found to have large-scale outdoor marijuana cultivations. The plants were found growing in unsecured fenced in areas, commonly referred to as “Plywood Grows.” The investigations revealed all 14 marijuana cultivation operations were illegal and not in compliance with California medical marijuana laws. 

The investigations have resulted in total seizures of 3,389 marijuana plants, 217 pounds of processed marijuana, 9 firearms (1 stolen), the recovery of stolen vehicle parts, the discovery of a fighting cock breeding farm, and the arrest of 11 suspects. Additional suspects have been identified and have prosecution pending. The amount of marijuana seized at the individual locations suggests the suspects had no intention of abiding by the states medical marijuana laws. 

The County of San Bernardino has an ordinance prohibiting outdoor marijuana cultivations that are not contained within a secured structure. San Bernardino County Code Enforcement personnel assisted with the cultivation investigations for administrative enforcement of County Code violations. The California Highway Patrol’s Air Operations Unit also provided helicopter support, aiding in suspect apprehension. The Sheriff’s Narcotics Division will continue to enforce California marijuana laws as well as the San Bernardino County Ordinances regarding marijuana cultivation and distribution. Persons found to be violating state marijuana laws and county ordinances or utilizing California medical marijuana protections under false pretenses are subject to fines, prosecution and seizure of property. 

Search warrants served August 4, 2014 

12387 Mountain View, Pinion Hills 
195 marijuana plants and 4 firearms seized 

12411 Mountain View, Pinion Hills 
197 marijuana plants and 1 handgun seized 
Eloy Barrera Campos arrested 


12263 Mountain View, Pinion Hills 
385 marijuana plants seized 

Search warrants served August 6, 2014 

Undeveloped parcel on Minero Rd south of Primrose Rd, Pinion Hills 
200 marijuana plants and 1 stolen handgun seized 
Wilfredo Moreno arrested 

3025 Primrose Rd, Pinion Hills 
47 marijuana plants, 50 lbs processed marijuana seized 
Over 100 fighting cocks discovered 
Juan Romero-Arajo and Fernando Romero-Puga arrested 

Undeveloped parcel on Corton Rd north of Primrose Rd, Phelan 
45 marijuana plants, 160 lbs of processed marijuana and 1 handgun seized 
Stolen truck and car parts recovered 
Ramiro Zavala, Fernando Licea, Roberto Chavez and Leonardo Cazarez arrested 

3125 Yucca Rd, El Mirage 
349 marijuana plants seized 
Oliver Espinoza arrested 

5400 Greasewood Ln, Phelan 
576 marijuana plants, 2 lbs of processed marijuana and 2 rifles seized 

Search warrants served August 13, 2014 

676 Madrid Pl, Pinion Hills 
133 marijuana plants seized 

Undeveloped parcel on La Mesa Rd west of Pinion Hills Rd, Pinion Hills 
235 marijuana plants seized 

539 Seville Pl, Pinion Hills 
168 marijuana plants seized 

11872 Pinion Hills Rd, Pinion Hills 
448 marijuana plants and 5 lbs of processed marijuana seized 

Undeveloped parcel on Power Line Rd west of Buckwheat Rd, Phelan 
97 marijuana plants seized 

10224 Smith Rd, Phelan 
314 marijuana plants seized 
Alex Lopez Guerrero and Daniel Ceja arrested 

Anyone with information regarding the above investigations or other illegal cultivation locations is urged to contact the Sheriff’s Narcotics Division at (909)890-4840. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at www.wetip.com. 

Refer: Sheriff’s Public Affairs 

Phone No. (909)387-3700 


John McMahon, Sheriff-Coroner

San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department

Sheriff’s Public Affairs Division

655 E. Third Street

San Bernardino, California 92415-0061

Telephone: (909) 387-3700



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