Deputies Spot Pot-Growing Operation "In Plain View," Then Find Cockfighting Roosters

Sheriff's officials say approximately 300 marijuana plants were found at a property in the unincorporated area of Meadowbrook.

Some of the marijuana plants found at the location.  Photo courtesy: Riverside County Sheriff's Department.
Some of the marijuana plants found at the location. Photo courtesy: Riverside County Sheriff's Department.

Three men were behind bars Tuesday for allegedly growing marijuana at a residence where several hundred pot plants were found.

Perris residents Juan Serrano Hernandez, 50, and Daniel Parada Villasenor, 26, and Corona resident Jose Manuel Rosales, 19, were arrested about 5:40 a.m. Monday in the 22000 block of Shaw Court in an unincorporated area of Riverside County known as Meadowbrook. 

"While on patrol, the deputies observed a residence which had numerous marijuana plants in plain view,"  sheriff's Cpl. Mike Fraker said of the discovery.

When they searched the property, deputies found areas with "numerous plants in different stages of growth, and the subjects were attempting to conceal the plants using makeshift plastic walls," Fraker said.

About 300 cannabis plants were seized, along with items such as packaging and scales, he said.

Deputies also found 18 roosters used for illegal cockfighting, and Riverside County Animal Control officers took charge of the birds, the corporal said.

Hernandez, Villasenor and Rosales were booked into the Southwest Detention Center in Murrieta.

– City News Service.

LAKE ELSINORE RESIDENT April 30, 2014 at 01:18 PM
Was that a medical marijuana grove?
Anthony April 30, 2014 at 02:21 PM
Hopefully authorities deported all those wet backs!
Sandydog5 May 01, 2014 at 04:25 PM
Was there a doctors recommendation? 3 growers can have about 300 plants. Since the plants were outside would that mean it's a code violation?
Mindful Macey May 01, 2014 at 07:47 PM
To those that want to count plants, go ahead, but here's the deal, being illegal is also illegal and they don't do a darn thing about illegal immigrants. Other states are totally legalizing weed and we're still spending tax payers money busting people with plants. Clean this town up, the real way. Bums hanging off of KFC's planter, not good for business.


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