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1,800 marijuana plants seized in Adelanto

Authorities seized 1,800 marijuana plants and five firearms after serving a search warrant at a building in Adelanto Friday, Dec. 21, 2012.

December 22, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
Deputies discovered a marijuana growing operation in Adelanto, with nearly 1,800 marijuana plants.

The indoor marijuana growing operation, located at 16224 Koala Road, was discovered Friday around 11 a.m. At the time of the discovery, deputies were responding to a report of vicious dogs.

According to authorities, two pit bulls escaped from the commercial building located on Koala Road and attempted to attack employees at a nearby business. As deputies attempted to contact the dog's owners, deputies discovered the marijuana cultivation.

Following the discovery, the Sheriff's Narcotics Division Marijuana Eradication Team served a search warrant at the building and arrested David Lusk, 57, and Steven Hall, 35, both of Adelanto.

A total of 1,850 marijuana plants in various stages of growth were seized during the investigation. Investigators also found 10 pounds of processed marijuana, three rifles, and two shotguns.

The building was later deemed not suitable to live in by the Adelanto City Code Enforcement after investigators found exposed high voltage electrical wiring. Officials said the wiring posed a high risk for electrocution and fire danger.

The suspects were booked at the Adelanto Detention Center.

Anyone with information was asked to contact the San Bernardino Sheriff's Narcotics Division at (909) 890-4840.