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Eastvale pot bust: Nearly 300 plants seized

Eastvale police have uncovered its 35th illegal marijuana grow house this year, finding nearly 300 plants in one home.
March 21, 2014 3:11:17 PM PDT
Eastvale police have uncovered its 35th illegal marijuana grow house this year, finding nearly 300 plants in one home.

Officers served a search warrant at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at a home in the 6000 block of Massy Harris Way. No one was home during the search, but officers found that the residence had been modified to cultivate, process and package marijuana illegally.

About 295 marijuana plants were seized. The grow operation was also stealing about $5,000 worth of electricity a month by bypassing the meter. Officials say that causes a serious fire hazard.

The bust came as a surprise to some neighbors.

"This neighborhood is very peaceful," said Ramon Piladil, a neighbor of the house.

While the operation is not the largest, it marks a continuing problem for Eastvale, one it's trying to uproot.

"A lot of people in a lot of communities say we are the grow house capital of California," said Bill Link, an Eastvale City Councilman. "That's really not true. We are the ones that make it public that we are going to take them down."

Anyone with information about the operation is urged to contact Officer Javier Morando at the Jurupa Valley Station at 951-955-2600.


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