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1,709 marijuana plants & 19lbs of processed marijuana seized
August 10, 2018
BIG RIVER/VIDAL, Calif – On Tuesday, August 7, beginning about 8:45 a.m., investigators from the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department - Marijuana Enforcement Team served two search warrants at locations in the unincorporated communities of Vidal and Big River. Both locations had outdoor marijuana cultivations on the property. Over 1,709 marijuana plants and 19 pounds of processed marijuana were seized during the service of the search warrants. Investigators located evidence showing the locations are linked together.
The investigation revealed the marijuana cultivations were not in compliance with California’s Medical and Adult Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA) and/or San Bernardino County’s ordinance prohibiting Commercial Cannabis Activity. San Bernardino County has an ordinance prohibiting Commercial Cannabis Activity, which includes growing marijuana plants outdoors. San Bernardino County Code Enforcement personnel will assist in the notifications to the property owners to make them aware of the violations occurring on their property.
The Sheriff’s Gangs/Narcotics Division will continue to enforce California’s cannabis laws, as well as the 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.
At the first location, four vacant parcels near the intersection of Old Parker Road and Citrus Ranch Road in Vidal, 1,637 marijuana plants were seized. At the second location, 149000 block of Del Rey Drive in Big River, 72 marijuana plants, and 19 pounds of processed marijuana were seized.
Caig Schaffnit (age 70 of Big River) was arrested.
Anyone with information regarding these investigations or is urged to contact the Sheriff’s Gangs/Narcotics Division at (909)387-8400 or [email protected].
Persons charged with a crime are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
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