HESPERIA – Three were arrested after an outdoor marijuana grow was discovered in Hesperia. A concerned citizen reported what was believed to be illegal dumping near the West Fork of the Mojave River and Cedar Springs Creek. The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Rural Crimes Task Force investigation led to the discovery of large amounts of fertilizer being delivered to the location for the use of an outdoor marijuana grow.
At around 6:30 a.m. on Monday, a search warrant was served in the 15400 block of Highway 173 in Hesperia. While searching the property around 2600 marijuana plants were seized. “ The growing operation which utilized various fertilizers, artificial plant supplements and chemicals was dangerously close to the nearby river,” Victor Valley Sheriff’s Station officials said. “The river was also being used as a water source for the growing operation.” The Department of Fish and Wildlife responded to assist with the investigation. The City of Hesperia workers cleared the immediate area of fertilizers and chemicals to alleviate concerns for the water source.
Tony Deveyra, 28, of Apple Valley, Carolina Vaquerano, 26, of Upland, and Alexis Takahashi, 25, of Los Angeles were all arrested for Cultivation of Marijuana and were booked into the High Desert Detention Center.
Anyone with information regarding this crime is urged to contact Deputy Rob Oakleaf or Deputy Randy Stanley at the Victor Valley Sheriff’s Station, (760) 552-6801. Persons wishing to remain anonymous can report information to WeTip by calling 1-800-78-CRIME, or by accessing the website at www.wetip.com.
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