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By Jeff Pack

Sheriff's Department reports $189M worth of marijuana plants seized, 8 arrested during operation


Last updated 6/6/2019 at 5:17pm

Riverside County Sheriff's Department

Guoyong Jiang, Quynn Hoang, Dehvi Zheng, Tieu Hoang, and Zhenfu Lin were arrested during a multi-agency illegal marijuana grow operation in Anza Valley on Wednesday, June 5.

ANZA VALLEY - According to Riverside County Sheriff's Department Public Information Bureau Sergeant Albert Martinez, an illegal marijuana cultivation operation conducted in Anza, Aguanga and Sage on Wednesday, June 5 resulted in the confiscation of more than 140,877 marijuana plants worth an estimated $189 million on the street.

According to the report released on Thursday, June 6, 3,037 pounds of processed marijuana, 17 rifles and 10 handguns were also seized, and 70 tons of plants were disposed during the operation that involved close to 700 law enforcement personnel helping to serve search warrants at more than 118 illegal marijuana grow locations within the 265 square miles of the Anza Valley.

"Sheriff (Chad) Bianco heard and responded to the Anza Valley community member's concerns and complaints regarding illegal marijuana cultivation, and authorized the Hemet Sheriff's Station Investigation's Bureau to research and investigate these illegal marijuana cultivation sites," the report by Sgt. Martinez stated. The Hemet Sheriff's Station Investigators spearheaded a multi-agency effort to address these community concerns."

During the operation, eight people were arrested, including:

-- 63-year-old Hien Dinhnguyen from Hemet for cultivating marijuana;

-- 48-year-old Guoyong Jiang from Rosemead for conspiracy;

-- 61-year-old Quynn Hoang from Oakland for conspiracy;

-- 44-year-old Dehvi Zheng from Anza for cultivating marijuana;

-- 64-year-old Tieu Hoang from Oakland for cultivating marijuana;

-- 66-year-old Fu Cnang from Aguanga for conspiracy;

-- 31-year-old Zhenfu Lin from Anza for cultivating marijuana;

-- and 33-year-old Felix Hernan from Mexico, who was a wanted fugitive.

"There are numerous businesses throughout Riverside County that have obtained permits and operate legal marijuana cultivation sites," the report stated. "These businesses properly dispose of waste products and follow the legal process. Illegal marijuana cultivation is harmful to the environment and community."

The report said that a proactive approach to utilizing Community Oriented Policing helps the agency solve problems in the community before they become more serious.

"Sheriff Bianco strives for an open and transparent dialog with our communities to build a much-needed relationship of trust," the report said.

The Riverside County Sheriff's Department thanked San Diego County Sheriff, Orange County Sheriff, Los Angeles County Sheriff, Kern County Sheriff, Riverside County District Attorney's Office, Riverside Police, Hemet Police, Murrieta Police, Cathedral City Police, Riverside County Gang Task Force, PACT Team, Coachella Valley Narcotic Task Force, CA Fish and Game, FBI, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Cal Fire, American Medical Response, Riverside County Animal Services, California Water Board, Riverside County Code Enforcement, and the Riverside Sheriff's Association for their assistance in the operation.

They thanked the California Army National Guard for use of equipment and vehicles in the transportation and destruction of marijuana.

Jeff Pack can be reached by email at [email protected]


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