APPLE VALLEY – A 57-year-old Victorville man was arrested for a Marijuana cultivation facility that was located at a commercial building in the Town of Apple Valley. On Wednesday, October 26, 2016, at around 10:30 a.m. investigators from the Sheriff’s Marijuana Enforcement Team assisted personnel from the Town of Apple Valley Code Enforcement Division with the administrative inspection warrant at the location at 13877 Pioneer Road, Units 1,2,8,9 and 10. Inside the building, they located evidence indicating a previous marijuana cultivation in unit 9 and 10.
At the location, deputies and code enforcement officers made contact with Shawn Devorse who was arrested for a violation of the town’s ordinance prohibiting marijuana cultivation within the town’s limits. Devorse was cited and released pending a later court date. As the search continued, they identified three additional suspected cultivations in unit #1, #2, and #8. A search warrant for the three units was issued and illegal cultivations were located in each. Over 500 marijuana plants were located within the facility, also located was several pounds of harvested marijuana. No other suspects responsible for these illegal cultivations have been identified, but investigators are in working to determine who is responsible.
Within the buildings there were also several building code violations and the inside of the building was modified for the sole purpose of marijuana cultivation. All of the three locations were deemed unsafe to occupy, and notices were posted at the locations. “At this time, it is unknown where the suspects were planning to take the marijuana once harvested, but evidence gathered during the initial investigation suggests that they were not in compliance with California medical marijuana laws and local ordinances” Apple Valley Sheriff’s station officials said in a news release. “The Town of Apple Valley has an ordinance prohibiting marijuana dispensaries, including cultivating marijuana, within the town limits.” All suspects involved are expected to be charged for the Cultivation of Marijuana and the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s office will review the case for potential criminal charges against those involved.
Anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to contact the Sheriff’s Gangs / Narcotics Division at (909)890-4840. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at www.wetip.com.
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