Although the City of Adelanto voted to allow city-permitted cultivations in the industrial area of the city, some have attempted to bypass the regulations. “The city of Adelanto has given a way for legal cultivation of medical marijuana in the city and those who want to break the law should know that the City will not stand by and will use all resources to make sure that our residents are safe,” said Mayor Pro Tem Jermaine Wright.
City officials said that for the second time in four months, an illegal grow operation was located and shut down on Tuesday afternoon. At around 4:00 p.m. a search warrant was served at 10150 Apache Road regarding an illegal business operation. “This grow operation was huge, it seems as though they’re just getting bigger and bigger,” said Community Safety Manager Steve Peltier.
The search warrant for the property was obtained after the Adelanto Department of Community Safety received a tip regarding the operation. No one was at the location when the search warrant was executed, but upon entry of the large warehouse, they located the illegal marijuana grow operation with hundreds of plants growing. This operation included equipment used in the process of growing the plants. Hazards both electrical and plumbing were found at the location.
There’s an ongoing investigation to determine the building’s owner, who could likely face criminal charges and penalties for violating city ordinances. “I would like to remind the residents of Adelanto and the High Desert that we are steadfast in our resolve to tightly regulate our ordinances for medical cannabis. We will not tolerate illegal grows within our city,” said Rich Kerr, Adelanto Mayor. “We will be always be on the lookout for these types of grows and will NOT hesitate to raid and prosecute to the fullest extent of the law,” he added.
Anyone with information about the grow operation or persons responsible should contact Adelanto’s Community Safety Department at (760) 246-2300.
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