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Cops searching for suspects tied to cannabis grow along river bottom


Last updated 8/22/2018 at 1:34pm

RIVERSIDE - An investigation was underway today to identify the individuals responsible for cultivating marijuana along the Santa Ana River bottom in Riverside, where authorities seized more than two dozen tall plants, as well as booby traps to protect the illegal grow.

Riverside police officers on Tuesday raided the location, which is just north of Anza Narrows Park and just west of Mt. Rubidoux, according to Officer Ryan Railsback.

He said patrolmen stumbled onto the grow Saturday in the vicinity of a homeless encampment while searching for a suspect whom passers-by complained had brandished a firearm at them when they got close to the area. He was not found, but the grow was reported to the police department's narcotics unit.

Using SWAT members to ensure security, narcotics officers and disposal technicians went to the site, uncovering a total of 30 "mature marijuana plants, many over 10 feet tall and with a combined weight of approximately 500 pounds,'' Railsback said.

"Had the marijuana reached harvest and sale, its street value is estimated in the tens of thousands of dollars,'' he said.

According to Railsback, booby traps -- what type wasn't disclosed -- were found ringing the grow site, evidently for security, and several undisclosed weapons were seized by investigators.

Two people were detained and questioned nearby, but they were ultimately released, Railsback said.

No suspects have been identified.

Anyone with information was asked to contact the narcotics unit at (951) 353-7221, or send a message to [email protected]


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