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DATE/TIME: May 29, 2018 9:00 a.m.

INCIDENT: Outdoor Marijuana Grow

LOCATION: 57000 block of Chipmunk Trail, Yucca Valley

SUSPECT(S): Namlap Patrathiranono, age 58
Nara Nanthavong, age 56
Khamphiou Phonesavanh, age 60
Nanky Syharath, age 55
Kham Phetrixay, age 65
Khomeini Rachsingharn, age 61
Yee Veng, age 36
All residents of Yucca Valley
SUMMARY:
On Tuesday, May 29th at approximately 9:00 a.m., investigators from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department – Marijuana Enforcement Team served a search warrant at a residence in the 57000 block of Chipmunk Trail in Yucca Valley. There were four homemade greenhouses on the property, which were approximately 80 feet long by 20 feet wide. A total of 624 marijuana plants were found growing in the greenhouses. Investigators also seized 412 pounds of processed marijuana.

The investigation revealed the cannabis cultivation was not in compliance with California’s Medical and Adult Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA) and/or San Bernardino County’s ordinance prohibiting Commercial Cannabis Activity. San Bernardino County has an ordinance prohibiting Commercial Cannabis Activity, which includes growing marijuana plants outdoors. San Bernardino County Code Enforcement personnel will assist in the notifications to the property owners to make them aware of the violations occurring on their property.

The Sheriff’s Gangs/Narcotics Division will continue to enforce California’s cannabis laws, as well as 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 arrested for charges of Cultivation of Cannabis; over six plants, and Possession for Sales

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

Refer: Sheriff’s Public Affairs

Phone No. (909)387-3700

Case No. DR #: 651800231

JOHN McMAHON, Sheriff-Coroner
San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department