Marijuana Underground Is Again Targeted
By Sheriff In Newberry Springs And Daggett

Sheriff's Marijuana Team serves 8 search warrants
resulting in the seizure of over 3,700 plants
in Newberry Springs and Daggett.

Posted: October 23, 2016

DATE/TIME:  Friday, October 21, 2016

INCIDENT:  Search Warrants - Marijuana Cultivations - Commercial Cannabis Activity

LOCATION:  Unincorporated areas of San Bernardino County-Newberry Springs & Daggett

SUSPECT(S):  *See below for Additional Information*


    Members from the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department Marijuana Enforcement Team, the California National Guard Counterdrug Task Force, and the San Bernardino County Land Use Services Department conducted investigations resulting in the service of 8 search warrants and at least one follow up contact at locations in the unincorporated areas of San Bernardino County, in the communities of Newberry Springs and Daggett.

    The locations were found to have marijuana cultivations or commercial marijuana activity occurring on them that are prohibited by the county's Commercial Cannabis Ordinance.  San Bernardino County recently enacted a new marijuana ordinance to be consistent with the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act or MMRSA that went into effect on January 1, 2016.  The investigations revealed all of the marijuana cultivation operations were illegal and not in compliance with California medical marijuana laws and/or the County of San Bernardino ordinance prohibiting commercial cannabis activity and/or cultivation of marijuana.

    The investigations resulted in total seizures of over 3,700 marijuana plants and over 50 pounds of harvested/processed marijuana.  One suspect, Thanh The Dies, was arrested and issued a citation release at the scene for violating the San Bernardino County ordinance.  He will appear in court at a later date.  Investigators did not find any other suspects at the other locations and are in the process of identifying them.  Once identified, they will be charged with violating the county's ordinance or for cultivation of marijuana, a felony.

    The California National Guard Counterdrug Task Force provides support to law enforcement agencies and community based organizations.  They are comprised of members of both Army and Air National Guard.  The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department will use resources like the National Guard Counterdrug Task Force in an effort to combat these illegal marijuana cultivations in our desert areas.

    The County of San Bernardino modified its marijuana ordinance to reflect Commercial Cannabis Activity as described in the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act.  The continued County wide prohibition of commercial cannabis activities will be maintained to ensure for the health, safety, and well-being of County residents against any potential criminal activity or adverse impacts on the County.  San Bernardino County Code Enforcement personnel assisted with the investigations for administrative enforcement of any county ordinance violations.  The Sheriff's Gangs/Narcotics Division will continue to enforce California marijuana laws as well as the San Bernardino County ordinance regarding commercial cannabis activity.  Persons found to be violating state marijuana laws and county ordinances are subject to fines, prosecution, and seizure of property.

Locations & Suspect(s):

31929 Becker Road / Case 621600586
Search Warrant - No suspects/arrests made
1,254 marijuana plants

47428 Savara Road / Case 6216005877
Search Warrant - No suspects/arrests made
95 marijuana plants

34609 Troy Road / Case 621600588
Search Warrant - No suspects/arrests made
585 marijuana plants

45915 Palos Verdes Road / Case 621600589
Follow up - 1 suspect arrested - Thanh The Dies, age 44, Newberry Springs resident
76 marijuana plants

49190 Bedford Road / Case 621600592
Search Warrant - No suspects/arrests made
133 marijuana plants

44531 Tioga Road / Case 621600593
Search Warrant - No suspects/arrests made
199 marijuana plants

30924 Oriente Drive / Case 621600594
Search Warrant - No suspects/arrests made
466 marijuana plants
18 pounds of processed marijuana

49122 Bedford Road / Case 621600595
Search Warrant - No suspects/arrests made
588 marijuana plants
41 pounds of processed marijuana

34982 Daggett Road / Case 621600596
Search Warrant - No suspects/arrests made
327 marijuana plants

    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

Refer: Sheriff's Public Affairs
Phone No. (909)387-3700
John McMahon, Sheriff-Coroner
San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department

Credit: Report provided by the San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department.

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