Operation Hammer Strike, Week #24

Again & again & again ... 


Investigators Arrested 17 Suspects

Eradicated 107 Greenhouses

Seized 25,134 marijuana plants

Processed marijuana 717 pounds

Mitigated 2 THC extraction Labs

one gun  

Recovered over $9,500.00 in cash

Investigated 2 Electrical Fires

 At Cliffrose Court, Adelanto


Photos courtesy of SB County Sheriff - Investigators mitigated one electrical bypass 

and investigated a second electrical bypass that resulted in a house fire.



Between February 07, 2022, and February 13, 2022, investigators from the San Bernardino County Sheriff Marijuana Enforcement Team (MET), along with additional Sheriff Deputies from several different San Bernardino County Patrol Stations, served 16 search warrants at various locations in Hesperia, Oro Grande, Twentynine Palms, Wonder Valley, Landers, Adelanto, Helendale, and Lucerne Valley

The MET members had received numerous complaints about large outdoor and indoor marijuana cultivations in these areas.  Over this past week, the San Bernardino County Sheriff officials located and arrested 17 suspects.  Investigators seized 25,134 marijuana plants, 717 pounds of processed marijuana, one gun, and over $9,500.00 in cash.  Investigators eradicated a total of 107 greenhouses found at these locations, as well as six indoor locations.  Investigators mitigated one electrical bypass and investigated a second electrical bypass that resulted in a house fire.  Investigators mitigated two THC extraction labs.

The investigations revealed the cannabis cultivations were not in compliance with California's Medical and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA) and San Bernardino County's ordinance prohibiting Commercial Cannabis Activity.  San Bernardino County has a law prohibiting Commercial Cannabis Activity, which includes growing marijuana plants outdoors.  

The San Bernardino County Sheriff Gangs/Narcotics Division will continue to enforce California's cannabis laws and San Bernardino County's ordinance regarding cannabis cultivation and distribution.  Persons found guilty of violating the state law and county ordinance are subject to fines, prosecution, and seizure of property.  

Property owners who are growing marijuana or are aware their tenants are growing marijuana on their properties in violation of the state law and local ordinances may also be subject to civil or criminal sanctions.  Property owners are encouraged to contact their local law enforcement or code compliance agency to confirm if cultivating cannabis is prohibited or allowed under specific regulations.
The suspects were cited or booked on charges of Cultivation of Cannabis, over six plants, Possession for Sales of Marijuana, Illegal Water Discharge, Manufacturing a Controlled Substance, Utility Theft, and Conspiracy.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to contact the San Bernardino County Sheriff Gangs/Narcotics Division at (909)387-8400 or NARC-MET@sbcsd.org 

Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call the We-tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463), or you may leave the information on the We-Tip Hotline at www.wetip.com