San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department

Press Release

DATE/TIME: Thursday, March 31, 2016 / 8:10 p.m.

INCIDENT: Search Warrant – Outdoor Marijuana Cultivation / Stolen Vehicle

LOCATION: 46489 Rodeo Drive, Newberry Springs

SUSPECT(S): Saly Makthephalak, age 37, Newberry Springs resident

Summary

Members of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Marijuana Enforcement Team (MET) assisted deputies from the Barstow Sheriff’s Station who were serving a search warrant at a property in the High Desert community of Newberry Springs.The location had a large 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 the County of San Bernardino ordinance prohibiting outdoor marijuana cultivation.

 

Deputy T. Dickey was conducting an investigation at the location regarding a stolen vehicle on the property. During the investigation a search warrant for the property was authorized and served. The suspect fled on foot and ran to the rear of the property when the deputies arrived to serve the warrant. He was apprehended without incident and taken into custody. The deputies discovered the large marijuana cultivation operation and requested the assistance of MET.

 

The investigation resulted in the seizure of over 600 marijuana plants totaling over 1,400 pounds in weight. A stolen vehicle, a Ford pick-up truck, reported stolen in April 2015 in Newberry Springs, was also found on the property. The large amount of marijuana found and other evidence seized at the location suggests the suspect had no intention of abiding by California’s medical marijuana laws or local ordinances relating to growing marijuana for medical purposes.

 

The suspect was arrested and booked into the Barstow jail. He will be charged with Cultivation of Marijuana and Possession of Stolen Property. His bail is set at $50,000.

 

The County of San Bernardino has an ordinance prohibiting outdoor marijuana cultivations. The Sheriff’s Gangs/Narcotics Division will continue to enforce California marijuana laws as well as the San Bernardino County Ordinances regarding marijuana cultivation and distribution.Persons found to be violating state marijuana laws and/or county ordinances are subject to fines, prosecution and seizure of property.

 

Anyone with information regarding the above investigations or other illegal cultivation locations 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.

 

Refer: Sheriff’s Public Affairs

Case/DR:621600171

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