CRTF Seizes Several Tons of an Illegal, Unregulated-Marijuana Grow on Residential Property
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RIVERSIDE – Investigators looking into what appeared to be a commercial-scale marijuana grow-operation on residential property encountered approximately 1,500 fully-mature, mostly 6-8 foot-tall marijuana plants. Riverside County Cannabis Regulation Task Force (CRTF) and a Riverside Police Detective assigned to that team investigated further, resulting in the service of a search warrant at the residence on the 6300 block of La Sierra Avenue, near Arlington Avenue.
“The Riverside County District Attorney’s CRTF’s mission is to regulate legitimate licensed cannabis dispensaries and conduct criminal investigation into and prosecute non-licensed criminal enterprises engaging in the sales, transportation, cultivation, and production of cannabis and cannabis products,” said Riverside PD.
The team oversaw City of Riverside Public Works’ assist at this irregular location in the form of a backhoe tractor and two dump trucks needed to haul away and dispose of several tons of unregulated plants. CRTF ensures fair business practices, safe products, and keeps criminal activity out of the community.
“The aim of the task force is not to shut down legally-operating facilities,” said Riverside PD. “Illegal or unlicensed dispensaries also may be providing customers with untested and potentially harmful products.”
Those tons of illegally-grown marijuana could have been treated with chemicals and grown with solutions causing absolute, lasting harm to those who ingest it.