Deputies seized more than 2,400 pounds of marijuana worth about $2.5 million during a raid at an illegal outdoor cannabis grow in Oro Grande, authorities said.
Officials said 1,455 marijuana plants were also taken along with a semi-automatic shotgun.
Members of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Marijuana Enforcement Team and California Department of Fish and Wildlife wardens served a search warrant in the 14700 block of Harris Lane on Friday morning.
The sheriff’s department said “MET personnel had received numerous complaints about the location.”
Eight people were arrested. None were residents of the small community northwest of Victorville, authorities said.
The suspects were Manuel Alcara, 22, of Ontario; Cezar Ochoa, 29, of Huntington Beach; and six San Bernardino residents: Samuel Galvin Jr., 23, Abelino Galvin, 59, Franciso Galvin, 18, Abel Vargas, 29, and Bridgette Magana, 26.
It was not immediately known what charges they potentially face.
Sheriff’s officials said the Fish and Wildlife wardens would also be pursuing felony charges for altering a streambed and cultivation of marijuana in a streambed.
A satellite view shows properties on Harris Lane sit just east of the Mojave River.
Published: July 05, 2021
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