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Tuesday May 24th, 2022 :: 04:38 p.m. PDT

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Operation Hammer Strike, Weeks 37 & 38: 41 Search Warrants Served and 244 Illegal Grows Eradicated

DATE/TIME: May 9, 2022, through May 22, 2022

INCIDENT: Outdoor Marijuana Cultivations-Operation Hammer Strike, Weeks 37 and 38

LOCATION:  #1 - Parcel with no address, Lucerne Valley
                        #2 - Parcel with no address, Lucerne Valley
                        #3 - Parcel with no address, Lucerne Valley
                        #4 - Parcel with no address, Helendale
                        #5 - 15000 Block of Mission, Hesperia
                        #6 - 6700 Block of Paw Paw, Hesperia
                        #7 - 2700 Block of Tokay Road, Pinon Hills
                        #8 - 1500 Block of Hellman, Alhambra
                        #9 - 12800 Block of Locust Avenue, Lucerne Valley
                       #10 - 32000 Block of Rabbit Springs Road, Lucerne Valley
                       #11 - 44100 Block of Hinkley Road, Hinkley
                       #12 - 1500 Block of Wolf Haven Road, Lucerne Valley
                       #13 - Parcel with no address, Hinkley
                       #14 - 13500 Block of Locust Avenue, Lucerne Valley
                       #15 - Parcel with no address, Hinkley
                       #16 - Parcel with no address, Lucerne Valley
                       #17 - Parcel with no address, Hinkley
                       #18 - Parcel with no address, Hinkley
                       #19 - Parcel with no address, Lucerne Valley
                       #20 - 1200 Block of Palm Avenue, San Gabriel
                       #21 - Parcel with no address, Pinon Hills
                       #22 - 12900 Block of Amarillo Road, Pinon Hills
                       #23 - Parcel with no address, Pinon Hills
                       #24 - Parcel with no address, Pinon Hills
                       #25 - Parcel with no address, Phelan
                       #26 - Parcel with no address, Lucerne Valley
                       #27 - 4900 Block of Amador Road, Phelan
                       #28 - Parcel with no address, Lucerne Valley
                       #29 - 20200 Block of Monte Vista, Apple Valley
                       #30 - 13700 Block of Seminole Road, Apple Valley
                       #31 - 81300 Block of Garden, Wonder Valley
                       #32 - Parcel with no address, Twentynine Palms
                       #33 - Parcel with no address, Twentynine Palmes
                       #34 - 8100 Block of Fern Avenue, Rosemead
                       #35 - 14800 Block of Huff Road, Lucerne Valley
                       #36 - 10700 Block of La Mesa, Apple Valley
                       #37 - 1600 Block of Marguerita Avenue, Alhambra
                       #38 - 46200 Block of Palma Vista, Newberry Springs
                       #39 - 300 Block of Pomelo, Monterey Park
                       #40 - 1000 Block of Curtis Lane, Alhambra
                       #41 - 5000 Block of Alton Parkway, Irvine 

SUSPECT(S):       Noe Contreras, 33 year old male resident of Hesperia, CA. Location #5
                              Rosio Reyes, 26 year old female resident of San Diego, CA. Location #5
                              John Whittle, 31 year old male resident of Phelan, CA. Location #7
                              Scott Lam, 62 year old male resident of Alhambra, CA. Location #8
                              Qigi Dai, 25 year old female resident of Rowland Heights, CA. Location #9
                              Cuihuan Dai, 52 year old female resident of Rowland Heights, CA. Location #9
                              Gankai Xie, 55 year old male resident of San Gabriel, CA. Location #9
                              Junnei Liu, 27 year old male resident of San Gabriel, CA. Location #9
                            Jin Zheng, 41 year old male resident of New York, NY. Location #9
                            Guojie Zheng, 41 year old male resident of New York, NY. Location #9
                            So Tsui, 56 year old female resident of San Gabriel, CA. Location #9
                            Fang Wang, 32 year old female resident of Ozone Park, NY. Location #9
                            Samuel Pettigrew, 46 year old male resident of Lucerne Valley, CA. Location #9
                            Laura Chambers, 57 year old female resident of Lucerne Valley, CA. Location #9
                            Guy Braster, 38 year old male resident of Lucerne Valley, CA. Location #9
                            Chanh Hoag, 54 year old male resident of Lucerne Valley, CA. Location #10
                            Ann Le, 54 year old female resident of Lucerne Valley, CA. Location #10
                            Chaofen Lin, 46 year old male resident of San Gabriel, CA. Location #20
                            Henry Kolter, 73 year old male resident of Pinon Hills, CA. Location #22
                            Pedro Alvarado, 50 year old male resident of Mexico. Location #22
                            Rafael Orduno, 39 year old male resident of Modesto, CA. Location #23
                            Roberto Ceballos, 27 year old male resident of Watsonville, CA. Location #23
                            Sisto Gamboa, 32 year old male resident of Phelan, CA. Location #24
                            Kent Schmidt, 33 year old male resident of Apple Valley, CA. Location #30
                            Chao Lin, 44 year old male resident of Rosemead, CA. Location #34
                            Wen Hong Lu, 53 year old female resident of China. Location #35
                            Zhilei Zhao, 24 year old male resident of Denver, CO. Location #35
                            Guo Zhong Yang, 45 year old male resident of China. Location #35
                            Yuewu Zhao, 53 year old male resident of Denver, CO. Location #35
                            Fenglan Luo, 45 year old female resident of Denver, CO. Location #35
                            Steve Huang, 58 year old male resident of China. Location #35
                            Yi De Shen, 49 year old male resident of China. Location #35
                            Cong Nep Thoong, 53 year old male resident of China. Location #35
                            David Wu, 52 year old male resident of China. Location #35
                            Eric Hu, 53 year old male resident of China. Location #35
                            Jiajie Wu, 50 year old male resident of China. Location #35
                            Zhilong Chen, 29 year old male resident of China. Location #35
                            Dehua He, 34 year old male resident of China. Location #35
                            Jisheg Xu, 45 year old male resident of China. Location #35
                            Nathan Huong Voong, 41 year old male resident of China. Location #35
                            Yuanhong Lu, 53 year old male resident of China. Location #35
                            Liang Lin, 50 year old male resident of China. Location #35
                            Cuong Cam Sin, 43 year old male resident of Oakland, CA. Location #35
                            Jin Huang, 52 year old male resident of Los Angeles, CA. Location #35
                            Shi Chuan, 31 year old male resident of Los Angeles, CA. Location #35
                            Yuan Ying Lu, 58 year old female resident of Sacramento, CA. Location #35
                            Xiao Mei Rong, 34 year old female resident of China. Location #35
                            Joyce Fan, 51 year old female resident of China. Location #35
                            Lu Yuan Zhen, 54 year old female resident of China. Location #35
                            Xue Hui Feng, 61 year old female resident of China. Location #35
                            Khenh Kim Voong, 53 year old female resident of Vietnam. Location #35
                            Chen Yang, 55 year old female resident of China. Location #35
                            Jonathan Morales, 25 year old male resident of Mexico. Location #36
                            Vince Voong, 46 year old male resident of Alhambra, CA. Location #37
                            Kristina Voong, 35 year old female resident of Alhambra, CA. Location #37
                            Zhonggui He, 59 year old male resident of Newberry Springs, CA. Location #38
                            Mingfeng He, 37 year old male resident of Monterey Park, CA. Location #39
                            Qiaoyan Liu, 35 year old female resident of Alhambra, CA. Location #40
                            Wu Lin, 33 year old male resident of Alhambra, CA. Location #40
                            Cheng Lin, 30 year old male resident of Irvine, CA. Location #41    


SUMMARY: Between May 9, 2022, and May 22, 2022, investigators from the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department - Marijuana Enforcement Team (MET), along with San Bernardino Sheriff's deputies from several different Patrol Stations, served 41 search warrants at various locations in Lucerne Valley, Helendale, Pinon Hills, Alhambra, Hinkley, San Gabriel, Phelan, Apple Valley, Wonder Valley, Twentynine Palms, Newberry Springs, Rosemead, Monterey Park, Hesperia, and Irvine.  MET personnel had received numerous complaints about large outdoor and indoor marijuana cultivations in these areas.  Over the past two weeks, San Bernardino County Sheriff's personnel located and arrested 60 suspects.  Investigators seized 58,979 marijuana plants, 6,600 pounds of processed marijuana, 17 guns, two grams of concentrated marijuana, and over $33,700.00 in cash.  Investigators eradicated a total of 244 greenhouses found at these locations, as well as 15 indoor locations.  Investigators mitigated two electrical bypasses and one THC extraction lab, and recovered one stolen vehicle. 

The investigations revealed the cannabis cultivations were not in compliance with California's Medical and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA) and San Bernardino County's ordinance prohibiting Commercial Cannabis Activity.  San Bernardino County has a law prohibiting Commercial Cannabis Activity, which includes growing marijuana plants outdoors.  

The Sheriff's Gangs/Narcotics Division will continue to enforce California's cannabis laws and San Bernardino County's ordinance regarding cannabis cultivation and distribution.  Persons found guilty of violating the state law and county ordinance are subject to fines, prosecution, and seizure of property.  

Property owners who are growing marijuana or are aware their tenants are growing marijuana on their properties in violation of the state law and local ordinances may also be subject to civil or criminal sanctions.  Property owners are encouraged to contact their local law enforcement or code compliance agency to confirm if cultivating cannabis is prohibited or allowed under specific regulations.

The suspects were cited or booked on charges of Cultivation of Cannabis, over six plants, Possession for Sales of Marijuana, Illegal Water Discharge, Manufacturing a Controlled Substance, Utility Theft, and Conspiracy.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to contact the Sheriff's Gangs/Narcotics Division at (909)387-8400 or [email protected] Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call the We-tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463), or you may leave the information on the We-Tip Hotline at www.wetip.com.

Refer: Sheriff's Public Affairs

Station: Gangs/Narcotics Division

Phone No. (909) 387-3700  

Case No. 652200589
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SHANNON D. DICUS, Sheriff-Coroner
San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department

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