The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department has reached the six-month mark of its ongoing crackdown on illegal outdoor marijuana grows, according to a press release issued Feb. 28.

Operation Hammer Strike began last September and has focused primarily on relatively small towns scattered throughout the county, although some marijuana grow ops in larger towns such as Fontana have also been shut down.

In the past six months, investigators served 588 search warrants, which resulted in the seizure of 668,299 marijuana plants, 111,268.8 pounds of processed marijuana, 203 firearms, 30.7 pounds of concentrated marijuana , 92.8 pounds of psilocybin mushrooms, 144 grams of methamphetamine and cocaine. , and $2,399,595 in proceeds from illegal narcotics sales, the sheriff’s department said.

Investigators mitigated 15 THC extraction labs and 28 electrical leads and recovered seven stolen vehicles. A total of 4,124 greenhouses were eradicated.

During week 26 of the operation (February 21-27), the Sheriff’s Department served 30 search warrants at various locations in the Lucerne Valley, Twentynine Palms, Oak Hills, Upland, La Puente, Monterey Park , Alhambra, Newberry Springs, Walnut, Phelan, Pinon Hills and Adelanto.

Over the past week, sheriff’s staff have located and arrested 30 suspects. Investigators seized 46,863 marijuana plants, 5,280 pounds of processed marijuana, 11 firearms and more than $182,000 in cash. Investigators eradicated a total of 185 greenhouses found at these locations and 10 indoor locations.


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San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department's Operation Hammer Strike week 26 resulted in the seizure of 46,863 marijuana plants and the arrest of 30 suspects, including residents of San Jose, Calif.

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