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More than 1,000 marijuana plants seized from Hemet home

 

Last updated 8/4/2018 at 12:31pm

HEMET - A police raid on a Hemet home today led to the seizure of more than 1,000 marijuana plants and the arrest of a man suspected of tending them.

Jingwen Zhao, 43, of Monterey Park was booked on suspicion of illegal cultivation of cannabis after a search warrant was served on the property in the 1000 block of Indiangrass Drive, near Sorksbill Drive.

Zhao was issued a misdemeanor citation ordering him to appear in Riverside County Superior Court in the next 60 days and released.

According to Hemet police Lt. Eric Dickson, an investigation was initiated into possible drug activity at the two-story house following complaints from neighbors.

Detectives visited the property - without entering it - and detected a strong odor of marijuana and heard industrial fans blowing within the residence, suggesting climate control for plants, Dickson said.

A search warrant was obtained and served Wednesday morning, resulting in the discovery of an estimated 1,200 plants "in various stages of growth'' located in every room, according to Dickson.

"It was also confirmed that the home's power meter had been bypassed and was potentially a (fire) hazard to the neighborhood,'' he said.

Utilities theft is a common practice among individuals who maintain indoor pot grows.

Dickson said code enforcement officers inspected the property and condemned it after examining how the circuitry had been rewired.

The cannabis plants were hauled away for destruction, according to Dickson.

Dickson said that, along with Zhao, three other people were detained. However, after they were questioned, it was determined the others were not culpable for the indoor grow, Dickson said.

 

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