A Christmas Eve search warrant allowed deputies to determine a Wildomar home had been turned into the site of an illicit marijuana grow, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said Friday.
According to sheriff’s Sgt. Glenn Warrington, deputies received complaints at the end of November regarding possible illegal cannabis cultivation going on in Wildomar.
On Dec. 24, the sheriff’s department served a warrant at a home in the 25800 block of Via Sarah, which is located in a neighborhood north of Clinton Keith Road just outside the Murrieta city limits.
Investigators located and collected marijuana plants at the home and determined the residence’s electrical system had been illegally altered, “causing a severe fire hazard and theft of utilities,” Warrington said.
According to Warrington, Southern California Edison estimated about $30,000 worth of utilities had been stolen as a result of the illegal modifications.
The city of Wildomar’s code enforcement deemed the house uninhabitable, and Southern California Edison responded to shut off the home’s power, Warrington said. No one was located at the home, and no arrests were made.
The illegal grow remained under investigation, and Warrington said anyone with additional information was encouraged to call the Lake Elsinore Sheriff’s Station at 951-245-3300.