San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department

Press Release

DATE/TIME: Thursday, March 10, 2016 / 2:15 p.m.

INCIDENT: Search Warrant – Marijuana Cultivation

LOCATION: 6667 Sage Avenue, Twentynine Palms

SUSPECT(S): #1 – Phaphone Rasaphone, age 46, resident of Twentynine Palms (female)

#2 – Oudom Sayasane, age 53, resident of Twentynine Palms (male)

Summary

Members of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Marijuana Enforcement Team (MET) were called out to assist deputies and code enforcement officers from the City of Twentynine Palms at the above residence.MET took over the investigation resulting in the service of a search warrant at the residence.The location had an outdoor marijuana cultivation occurring on the property.Investigators determined the marijuana cultivation operation was illegal and not in compliance with California medical marijuana laws and/or the City of Twentynine Palms Municipal Code prohibiting marijuana cultivation.

 

The investigation resulted in the seizure of over 200 marijuana plants, about 60 pounds of recently harvested marijuana being processed for distribution and the arrest of 2 suspects.The large amount of marijuana found and other evidence seized at the location suggests the suspects had no intention of abiding by California’s medical marijuana laws or the local municipal code prohibiting growing marijuana.

 

The two suspects were taken into custody without incident and booked into the Morongo Basin jail facility.They were charged with Cultivation of Marijuana and Possession of Marijuana for Sales.Charges against these suspects will be sent to the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office for review.

 

The City of Twentynine Palms Municipal Code prohibits the cultivation of marijuana within the city.The Sheriff’s Gangs/Narcotics Division will continue to enforce California marijuana laws, as well as the San Bernardino County Ordinance and City Municipal Codes, for contract cities that the Sheriff’s Department provides police services to, regarding marijuana cultivation and distribution.Persons found to be violating state marijuana laws and/or county ordinances or city municipal codes are subject to fines, prosecution and seizure of property.

 

Anyone with information regarding the above investigation or other illegal marijuana cultivations 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.

 

Photos available at:

https://local.nixle.com/alert/5604666/

 

Refer: Sheriff’s Public Affairs

Case/DR:621600131

Phone No. (909)387-3700

John McMahon, Sheriff-Coroner

San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department

Sheriff’s Public Affairs Division

655 E. Third Street

San Bernardino, California 92415-0061

Telephone: (909) 387-3700