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Raids on Rancho Cucamonga homes yield more than 4,600 marijuana plants

More than 4,600 marijuana plants were seized in raids on four homes in Rancho Cucamonga on Thursday, Sept. 13, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputies said. (Courtesy San Bernardino County Sheriff)

More than 4,600 growing marijuana plants were seized when San Bernardino County Sheriff’s investigators raided four homes in Rancho Cucamonga, authorities reported Sunday.

The search-warrant raids were conducted Thursday, Sept. 13 at homes rigged with “advanced lighting, air conditioning, fans, exhaust blowers and air filtering systems to control the climate inside the residence, as well as the odor of marijuana coming from them,” a news release said.

There was one arrest. Shumin Lin, 44, of Flushing, New York, was taken into custody on suspicion of cultivating more than the legal limit of six cannabis plants.

At three of the four homes, electricity was being stolen, authorities claimed.

Sheriff’s investigators worked with Southern California Edison personnel on assessing the alleged electrical theft, which is estimated to be several thousand dollars. Electricity to the homes was disconnected and the residences red-tagged as unsafe to occupy.

The bypassing of electric meters is typically done in large indoor marijuana grows to avoid the high costs of power needed for the operation, authorities said. The wiring to bypass meters is dangerous, and can cause an explosion or fire, deputies warned.

The four raids were staged by the Sheriff’s Gangs/Narcotics Division – Marijuana Enforcement Team (MET), along with deputies from the Rancho Cucamonga Station Multiple Enforcement Team, the news release said.

The enforcement action was based on Rancho Cucamonga’s ordinance prohibiting commercial cannabis activity in the city. The four homes also did not have state licenses to cultivate marijuana, nor a city business license, the release said.

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Published: September 16, 2018

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