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Advisory: Operation Hammer Strike, Week 17; 56 Greenhouses Eradicated, 33 Suspects Arrested as Hammer Strike Wraps Up Week 17

DATE/TIME: December 20, 2021, through December 26, 2021

INCIDENT: Outdoor Marijuana Cultivations-Operation Hammer Strike, Week 17

LOCATION: #1 – Parcel with no address, Lucerne Valley
#2 – Parcel with no address, Lucerne Valley
#3 – Parcel with no address, Lucerne Valley
#4 – Parcel with no address, Lucerne Valley
#5 – Parcel with no address, Twentynine Palms
#6 – 4700 Block of Los Olivos, Twentynine Palms
#7 – Parcel with no address, Joshua Tree
#8 – 58700 Block of Jerrie Lane, Landers
#9 – 5900 Block of Adams, Johnson Valley
#10 – 15800 Block of Mojave Avenue, Hesperia
#11 – 15600 Block of Moccasin Court, Victorville
#12 – 5500 Block of Carmello Court, Rancho Cucamonga
#13 – Parcel with no address, Newberry Springs
#14 – 36900 Block of Coyote Lake Road, Newberry Springs
#15 – 35800 Block of Centerline Road, Newberry Springs
#16 – 42600 Block of Coventry Road, Newberry Springs
#17 – 32800 Block of Deer Lick, Running Springs
#18 – 8800 Block of Reche Canyon, Colton
#19 – Parcel with no address, Phelan
#20 – Parcel with no address, Phelan
#21 – Parcel with no address, Phelan
#22 – 2400 Block of El Mirage Road, El Mirage

SUSPECT(S):          Pedro Sanchez, 20 year old male resident of Mexico. Location #1
Otilio Torres, 26 year old male resident of Mexico. Location #1
Tommy Vue, 49 year old male resident of Sanger, CA. Location #3
Almarosa Morales, 33 year old female resident of Mexico. Location #5
Ruben Reyes, 33 year old male resident of Mexico. Location #5
Lorenzo Morales, 38 year old male resident of Corona, NY. Location #5
Rosauda Trinidad, 18 year old female resident of Mexico. Location #5
Ruben Menecia, 19 year old male resident of Mexico. Location #5
Thomas Rimmington, 57 year old male resident of Twentynine Palms, CA. Location #6
Trizzy Nguyen, 28 year old female resident of Hesperia, CA. Location #10
David Liu, 31 year old male resident of Hesperia, CA. Location #10
Luis Ramirez, 45 year old male resident of Mexico. Location #12
Emmanuel Ramos, 27 year old male resident of Mexico. Location #12
Luis Valenzuela, 22 year old male resident of Mexico. Location #12
Jose Sandoval, 18 year old male resident of Ontario, CA. Location #13
Roberto Armas, 25 year old male resident of Newberry Springs, CA. Location #13
Reyes Jaimes-Nunez, 38 year old male resident of Hesperia, CA. Location #16
Sarahy Jaimes, 27 year old female resident of Pomona, CA. Location #16
Isabel Spiegal, 63 year old female resident of Running Springs, CA. Location #17
Griselda Farias, 51 year old female resident of Colton, CA. Location #18
Jose Perez, 22 year old male resident of Phelan, CA. Location #19
Bernice Cornejo, 48 year old female resident of Oxford, AL. Location #20
Paulino Gomez, 36 year old male resident of Oxford, AL. Location #20
Nancy Franco, 28 year old female resident of Augusta, GA. Location #20
Israel Rincon, 40 year old male resident of Henry, CA. Location #20
Oscar Camacho, 23 year old male resident of Los Angeles, CA. Location #20
Alba Velasco, 61 year old female resident of Adelanto, CA. Location #20
Edgar Mendoza, 21 year old male resident of Phelan, CA. Location #21
Xiuing Dang, 65 year old male resident of El Mirage, CA. Location #22
Sheng Wang, 65 year old male resident of El Mirage, CA. Location #22
Junkui Feng, 53 year old male resident of Los Angeles, CA. Location #22
Zhen Liu, 27 year old male resident of El Monte, CA. Location #22
Xiao Zhou, 38 year old male resident of San Gabriel, CA. Location #22
Joe Zhou, 41 year old male resident of San Gabriel, CA. Location #22

SUMMARY: Between December 20, 2021, and December 26, 2021, investigators from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department – Marijuana Enforcement Team (MET), along with San Bernardino Sheriff’s deputies from several different Patrol Stations, served 22 search warrants at various locations in Lucerne Valley, Twentynine Palms, Joshua Tree, Landers, Johnson Valley, Rancho Cucamonga, Newberry Springs, Running Springs, Colton, Hesperia, Victorville, Phelan, and El Mirage.  MET personnel had received numerous complaints about large outdoor and indoor marijuana cultivations in these areas.  Over this past week, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s personnel located and arrested 33 suspects.  Investigators seized 14,113 marijuana plants, 4116.8 pounds of processed marijuana, eight guns, 9,550 grams (21 pounds) of concentrated marijuana, and over $352,000.00 in cash.  Investigators eradicated a total of 56 greenhouses found at these locations and five indoor grow locations. Investigators mitigated one electrical bypass, one marijuana delivery service, and one THC extraction lab.

The investigations revealed the cannabis cultivations were not in compliance with California’s Medical and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA) and San Bernardino County’s ordinance prohibiting Commercial Cannabis Activity.  San Bernardino County has a law prohibiting Commercial Cannabis Activity, including growing marijuana plants outdoors.

The Sheriff’s Gangs/Narcotics Division will continue to enforce California’s cannabis laws and San Bernardino County’s ordinance regarding cannabis cultivation and distribution.  Persons found guilty of violating the state law and county ordinance are subject to fines, prosecution, and seizure of property.

Property owners who are growing marijuana or are aware their tenants are growing marijuana on their properties in violation of the state law and local ordinances may also be subject to civil or criminal sanctions.  Property owners are encouraged to contact their local law enforcement or code compliance agency to confirm if cultivating cannabis is prohibited or allowed under specific regulations.

The suspects were cited or booked on charges of Cultivation of Cannabis, over six plants, Possession for Sales of Marijuana, Illegal Water Discharge, Manufacturing a Controlled Substance, Attempted Murder, and Conspiracy.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to contact the Sheriff’s Gangs/Narcotics Division at (909)387-8400 or NARC-MET@sbcsd.org. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call the We-tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463), or you may leave the information on the We-Tip Hotline at www.wetip.com.

Refer: Sheriff’s Public Affairs

Station: Gangs/Narcotics Division

Phone No. (909) 387-3700

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SHANNON D. DICUS, Sheriff-Coroner
San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department

 

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