RIVERSIDE, Calif. (KABC) — People who live on Hebron Court in the Orangecrest neighborhood in Riverside are furious over a home that was the recent target of police because of an illegal marijuana grow operation.
But what makes them more upset is that this isn’t the first time it’s happened. The prior renters were busted for operating an illegal marijuana grow just eight months ago.
“It’s a little suspicious,” said Pete Fox who lives just down the street from the home. “One time maybe it happened. But two times right in a row? C’mon, give me a break.”
Pictures released by the Riverside police department show an elaborate grow operation, despite the fact the plants destroyed this time were very young.
Chemicals piled up throughout the house. Rooms filled with young marijuana plants. Makeshift electrical work allowing the perpetrators to bypass the electric meter.
Just like the illegal activity neighbors spotted earlier this month, the activity they noticed in late 2018 was very secretive.
“They were backing into the garage, they were keeping everything under key, and they would come and go under darkness,” said Fox. “It was kind of suspicious.”
During the December 2018 raid, no one was home at the time, and hundreds of plants were destroyed. During the raid earlier this month, two people at the home were issued misdemeanor citations for theft of utilities and the illegal harvesting of marijuana plants.
But neighbors aren’t just concerned about the inherent dangers of living next door to a home with potentially unsafe wiring and so many unknown chemicals.
Published: July 17, 2019
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