Four people have been arrested in what police are describing as “a large marijuana cultivation operation.”
The arrests were made late on Oct. 24 following an investigation that began in a Perris parking lot.
According to a report from Sgt. Ken Zunker, around 8:30 p.m. that night officers assigned to the Perris Police Department Special Enforcement Team conducted a vehicle check in a parking lot of a closed business at 4th Street and Perris Boulevard.
“While speaking to the occupants of the vehicles, officers discovered the parties were meeting to conduct a narcotics transaction,” Zunker reported. “Officers subsequently located a large amount of marijuana and Hydrocodone for sale.”
The investigation continued and police ultimately obtained a search warrant for a residence and large property located in the 21500 block of Yucca Road in unincorporated area between Lake Elsinore and Perris, Zunker continued.
“During the service of the search warrant, a large marijuana cultivation operation was discovered. This operation included three large greenhouses, drying rooms and indicia common with the illicit sales and cultivation of marijuana. As a result, over 1,000 pounds of unprocessed marijuana and over 20 pounds of processed marijuana were seized. In addition, a firearm was recovered,” Zunker reported.
According to Zunker, the following suspects were arrested as part of the investigation:
Najeeb Diab, 19, San Jacinto, arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana;
Cruz Campista, 29, of Perris, arrested on suspicion of possession of marijuana for sale, cultivation of marijuana, and transportation of marijuana for sale;
Sergio Martinez, 42, of Perris, arrested on suspicion of cultivation of marijuana;
Ismael Mendez, 45, of Perris, arrested on suspicion of cultivation of marijuana.
Jail records show Martinez and Mendez are being held in custody on $100,000 bail each. The records show Campista is being held on $250,000 bail.
There are no records in the Riverside County jail system for Diab and police did not release a booking photo of the suspect.