DATE/TIME: Thursday, March 31, 2016 / 8:10 P.M.
INCIDENT: Search Warrants - Outdoor Marijuana Cultivation / Stolen Vehicle
LOCATION: 46489 Rodeo Drive, Newberry Springs, CA
SUSPECTS: Saly Makthephalak, age 37, Newberry Springs resident
VICTIM: State of California
Members of the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department Marijuana
Enforcement Team (MET) assisted deputies from the Barstow Sheriff's Station who were
serving a search warrant at a property in the High Desert community of Newberry Springs.
The location had a large outdoor marijuana cultivation occurring on the property.
Investigators determined the marijuana cultivation operation was illegal and not in
compliance with California medical marijuana laws and the County of San Bernardino
ordinance prohibiting outdoor marijuana cultivation.
Deputy T. Dickey was conducting an investigation at the location regarding
a stolen vehicle on the property. During the investigation a search warrant for the
property was authorized and served. The suspect fled on foot and ran to the rear of
the property when the deputies arrived to serve the warrant. He was apprehended without
incident and taken into custody. The deputies discovered the large marijuana cultivation
operation and requested the assistance of MET.
The investigation resulted in the seizure of over 600 marijuana plants
totaling over 1,400 pounds in weight. A stolen vehicle, a Ford pick-up truck,
reported stolen in April 2015 in Newberry Springs, was also found on the property.
The large amount of marijuana found and other evidence seized at the location suggests
the suspect had no intention of abiding by California's medical marijuana laws or local
ordinances relating to growing marijuana for medical purposes.
The suspect was arrested and booked into the Barstow jail. He will
be charged with Cultivation of Marijuana and Possession of Stolen Property. His bail
is set at $50,000.
The County of San Bernardino has an ordinance prohibiting outdoor marijuana
cultivations. The Sheriff's Gangs/Narcotics Division will continue to enforce California
marijuana laws as well as the San Bernardino County Ordinances regarding marijuana cultivation
and distribution. Persons found to be violating state marijuana laws and/or county
ordinances are subject to fines, prosecution and seizure of property.
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Anyone with information regarding the above investigations or other illegal cultivation
locations is urged to contact the Sheriff's Gang / Narcotics Division at (909) 890-4840.
Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME
(27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at www.wetip.com.
Refer: Sheriff's Public AffairsCredit: Report provided by the San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department.
The real winners are. . .
Phone No. (909) 387-3700
Case No. Case/DR: 621600171
John McMahon, Sheriff-Coroner
San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department