Illegal Marijuana Plants Seized

Staff Reports

San Bernardino- A search warrant was served on August 9 at 8068 Sunnyside Avenue in San Bernardino for the cultivation of marijuana. Deputies from the Central Station responded to calls for service in the area and discovered the illegal marijuana growth when they notified the Gangs/Narcotics Division.

Once the search was conducted, suspect Camilo Farias-Rodrigues, 33-years-old, was found in the rear yard tending to the marijuana plants.

Once Farias-Rodrigues was detained, deputies secured the area and began an investigation. According to SBSD, “He was being paid to care for the plants by an unknown individual. Investigators seized over 2300 marijuana plants in various stages of growth from the location.”

In the investigation, it was determined that Farias-Rodrigues had been hired to care for the plants and was staying on the property to do so.

It was also found that the suspect was not in compliance with the California medical marijuana laws and local ordinances. The County of San Bernardino has an ordinance prohibiting marijuana dispensaries, mobile marijuana dispensaries, delivery services, and outdoor cultivation of marijuana within the unincorporated areas of the county.

Farias-Rodrigues was booked into the Central Detention Center for Cultivation of Marijuana and given a bail of $25,000. The property owner may also face civil and/or criminal charges at a later date.

Anyone with any information regarding this investigation is urged to contact the Sheriff’s Gangs/Narcotics Division at (909) 890-4840. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463), or you can also leave information on their website at http://www.wetip.com.

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