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64 Arrested and More than 54,000 Marijuana Plants Seized During Operation Hammer Strike Weeks 43-46 – VVNG.com

SAN BERNARDINO, CA (VVNG.com) — Authorities said 64 people were arrested and more than 54,000 marijuana plants were seized during the 27th and 28th weeks of Operation Hammer.

Between June 20, 2022 and July 3, 2022, investigators from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department – Marijuana Enforcement Team (MET), along with San Bernardino Sheriff’s deputies from several different patrol stations, served 35 search warrants at various locations in Phelan, Pinon Hills, Apple Valley, Helendale, Yermo, Newberry Springs, Adelanto, Hesperia, Twentynine Palms, Morongo Valley, Fontana and Oro Grande. MET staff have received numerous complaints of large-scale outdoor and indoor marijuana cultivation in these areas.

In the past two weeks, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s personnel have located and arrested 64 suspects. Investigators seized 54,111 marijuana plants, 10,956 pounds of processed marijuana, two handguns, 22,226 grams of concentrated psilocybin mushrooms and more than $2,600.00 in cash. Investigators eradicated a total of 473 greenhouses found at these locations, as well as eight closed locations. Investigators cracked down on one THC extraction lab.

(photo courtesy of the San Bernardino County Sheriff and Coroner)

Investigations revealed that the cultivation of cannabis was not in compliance with California’s Medical and Safe Adult Use of Cannabis Act (MAUCRSA) and San Bernardino County’s ordinance prohibiting the commercial activity of cannabis. San Bernardino County has a law that prohibits the commercial activity of cannabis, which includes growing marijuana plants outdoors.

The Sheriff’s Gang/Narcotics Division will continue to enforce California’s cannabis laws and the San Bernardino County Ordinance regarding the cultivation and distribution of cannabis.

Persons found guilty of violating state law and county ordinances are subject to fines, criminal prosecution and forfeiture of property.

(photo courtesy of the San Bernardino County Sheriff and Coroner)

Property owners who grow marijuana or are aware that their tenants are growing marijuana on their property in violation of state law and local ordinances may also be subject to civil or criminal penalties. Property owners are encouraged to contact their local law enforcement or code enforcement agency to confirm whether the cultivation of cannabis is prohibited or permitted under specific regulations.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to contact the Sheriff’s Gang/Narcotics Division at (909)387-8400 or NARC-MET@sbcsd.org. Callers who wish to remain anonymous can call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463), or you can leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at www.wetip.com.

List of locations:

#1 – Plot with no address, Phelan
#2 – 3100 Block of Cactus Road, Phelan
#3 – 500 Block of Tamarack Road, Pinon Hills
#4 – 16400 Block of Malahat Road, Apple Valley
#5 – Plot No Address, Helendale
#6 – Plot No Address, Helendale
#7 – Plot No Address, Helendale
#8 – Plot No Address, Helendale
#9 – Plot No Address, Helendale
#10 – 16300 Block of Red Buttes Way, Helendale
#11 – 35600 Block of Minneola, Yermo
#12 – 35700 Block of Centerline Road, Newberry Springs
#13 – 32500 Block of Croydon Road, Newberry Springs
#14 – 47000 Block of Fairview Road, Newberry Springs
#15 – No Address Lot, Newberry Springs
#16 – 48500 Block of Davis Drive, Newberry Springs
#17 – 30400 Block of Berry Road, Newberry Springs
#18 – No Address Lot, Adelanto
#19 – No Address Lot, Adelanto
#20 – 7100 Block of Saxon Road, Adelanto
#21 – No Address Lot, Adelanto
#22 – No Address Lot, Adelanto
#23 – No Address Lot, Adelanto
#24 – 25900 Block of Highway 18, Apple Valley
#25 – 17500 Block of Bangor Avenue, Hesperia
#26 – 16500 Block of Adelia Street, Hesperia
#27 – 7300 Block of Smoketree Road, Phelan
#28 – 72100 Block of Sun Valley Drive, Twentynine Palms
#29 – 52700 Block of Apache Trail, Morongo Valley
#30 – 9900 Block of Fobes Road, Morongo Valley
#31 – 31600 Block of Troy Road, Newberry Springs
#32 – 47400 Block of Autumn Leaf Road, Newberry Springs
#33 – 7400 Block of Cypress Avenue, Fontana
#34 – No Address Lot, Oro Grande
#35 – Plot with no address, Phelan

The following suspects were cited or charged with cultivation of cannabis, over six plants, possession for sale of marijuana, possession of stolen property, illegal discharge of water, manufacture of a controlled substance and conspiracy.

List of suspects:

  • Georgi Rushanyan, 58-year-old male, resident of Van Nuys, California. Location #4
  • Adrian Farias, 18-year-old male, resident of Mexico. Location #6
  • Lizet Ramirez, a 32-year-old resident of Mexico. Location #6
  • Alicia Torres, a 54-year-old woman living in Mexico. Location #6
  • Valetin Montalvo, 23-year-old male, resident of Mexico. Location #6
  • Lorenzo Montalvo, 31-year-old male, resident of Mexico. Location #6
  • Luis Rosales, 28-year-old male, resident of Mexico. Location #6
  • Juan Hernandez, 32-year-old male, resident of Mexico. Location #6
  • Dejesus Montalvo, 30-year-old male, resident of Mexico. Location #6
  • Gerardo Gonzalez, 25-year-old male, resident of Mexico. Location #6
  • Felipe De Jesus, 25-year-old male, resident of Delano, California. Location #6
  • Jose Bortello, 25-year-old male, resident of Yerma, California. Location #11
  • Dylan Wright, 24-year-old male, resident of Newberry Springs, California. Location #16
  • Daniel Niehaus, 60-year-old male, resident of Newberry Springs, California. Location #16
  • Amberly Grigolla, a 46-year-old resident of Barstow, California. Location #16
  • Brian Clarke, 56-year-old male, resident of Las Vegas, NV. Location #16
  • Colleen Villnow, a 63-year-old resident of Newberry Springs, California. Location #16
  • Julio Areopagus, 20-year-old male, resident of Mexico. Location #16
  • Miguel Arevalo, 23-year-old male, resident of Mexico. Location #16
  • Sergio Arevalo, 38-year-old male, resident of Mexico. Location #16
  • Hilberto Arevalo, 40-year-old man, resident of Mexico. Location #16
  • Rodrigo Arevalo, 27-year-old male, resident of Mexico. Location #16
  • Hong Luong, 66-year-old male, resident of Los Angeles, California. Location #17
  • Zhenda He, 33-year-old male, resident of Arcadia, California. Location #17
  • Xianwen Chen, 46-year-old male, resident of Los Angeles, California. Location #17
  • Yi Jian, 43-year-old male, resident of Rosemead, California. Location #19
  • Xiuzhao Liao, 24-year-old male, resident of Los Angeles, California. Location #19
  • Bobo Wei, 40-year-old male, resident of San Francisco, California. Location #19
  • Shi Hu Mo, a 36-year-old male resident of Grand Junction, CO. Location #20
  • Lirong Li, 34-year-old male, resident of Renton, WA. Location #20
  • Zhigang Yan, 37-year-old male, resident of Temple City, California. Location #20
  • Isabel Medina, 43-year-old male, resident of Mexico. Location #23
  • Mario Gallegos, 39-year-old male, resident of Los Angeles, California. Location #23
  • Lino Garcia, 38-year-old male, resident of Fresno, California. Location #23
  • Jose Silva, 31-year-old male, resident of Fresno, California. Location #23
  • Alvaro Valdovinos, 32-year-old male, resident of Lancaster, California. Location #23
  • Jose Martinez, 18-year-old male, resident of Riverside, California. Location #23
  • Antonio Avalos, 47-year-old male, resident of Victorville, California. Location #23
  • Jose Vargas, 24-year-old male, resident of Mexico. Location #23
  • Gonzalo Padilla, 22-year-old male, resident of Mexico. Location #23
  • Jose Martinez, 45-year-old male, resident of Adelanto, California. Location #23
  • Serhiy Zayets, 37-year-old man, resident of Apple Valley, California. Location #24
  • Logan Slavic, 27-year-old male, resident of Twentynine Palms, California. Location #28
  • Jessica Dickler, a 27-year-old resident of Twentynine Palms, California. Location #28
  • Johnlee Vorakoumane, 56-year-old male, resident of Fresno, California. Location #29
  • Dat Pham, 48-year-old male, resident of Westminster, California. Location #30
  • Galo Zurita, 40-year-old male, resident of Morongo Valley, California. Location #30
  • Suying Wang, a 55-year-old resident of San Dimas, California. Location #31
  • Zhongjun Chen, 40-year-old male, resident of Monterey Park, California. Location #31
  • Weixing Zhou, 49-year-old male, resident of Los Angeles, California. Location #31
  • Chaohui Chen, 46-year-old male, resident of Rosemead, California. Location #31
  • Qi Lin, 33-year-old male, resident of Alhambra, California. Location #31
  • Zhong Chen, 41-year-old male, resident of Monterey Park, California. Location #31
  • Hua Chen, 30-year-old male, resident of China. Location #31
  • Lin Ming, 59-year-old male, resident of China. Location #31
  • Jian Zheng, 41-year-old male, resident of China. Location #31
  • Jiang Lin, 42-year-old male, resident of Rosemead, California. Location #31
  • Huang Xingquan, 46-year-old male, resident of China. Location #31
  • Xiebin Xue, 37-year-old male, resident of China. Location #31
  • Fengsi Lin, a 34-year-old resident of China. Location #32
  • Youmin Song, 52-year-old male, resident of China. Location #32
  • Qui Zhang, 30-year-old male, resident of China. Location #32
  • Wei Xuang, 41-year-old male, resident of China. Location #32
  • Hector Arreguin, 43-year-old male, resident of Fontana, California.

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