Suspect Arrested In SoCal Marijuana Growing Operation

Originally posted on CBS Los Angeles:

SAN BERNARDINO (CBSLA.com) — An Adelanto man on Tuesday faced charges related to an alleged marijuana cultivation operation outside Victorville.

Alejandro Guadalupe Amarillas Quintero, 20, was arrested on Monday after a deputy from the Victor Valley Sheriff’s Station observed a suspicious subject walking around a Pinon Hills residence at 9996 Ponderosa Road.

The deputy was familiar with the residence and believed it to be vacant. Upon the deputy’s arrival to investigate, Quintero walked inside the residence. The deputy was greeted at the front door by Quintero, who was unable to explain his presence at the location.

He was detained after a strong odor of marijuana was detected coming from inside the residence, deputies said.

After obtaining a search warrant, investigators with the Sheriff’s Narcotics Division Marijuana Eradication Team found a sophisticated hydroponic marijuana cultivation operation inside the 1,600-square-foot residence. All rooms and the two-car garage were utilized for the cultivation.

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