United States of America: Operation Hammer Strike served several search warrants over several weeks across California and New York leading to many people arrested. 

By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews)

Source: San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department (Information and Press Release)

Pictures: San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department (Courtesy)

United States of America: Operation Hammer Strike served several search warrants over several weeks across California and New York leading to many people arrested.

According to a press release from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, from Monday, June 6th, 2022 to Sunday June 19th, 2022, investigators from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department – Marijuana Enforcement Team (MET), along with San Bernardino Sheriff’s deputies from several different Patrol Stations, served 27 search warrants at various locations in Apple Valley, Hesperia, Victorville, Phelan, Newberry Springs, Wonder Valley, Joshua Tree, Eastvale, Yucca Valley, Daggett, and New York.

  • List of Locations:

#1 – 8300 Block of Deep Creek, Apple Valley
#2 – 16200 Block of Hercules, Hesperia
#3 – 15900 Block of Fresno Way, Victorville
#4 – 7600 Block of Phelan Road, Phelan
#5 – 18800 Block of Valencia, Hesperia
#6 – 2600 Block of Falderman, Wonder Valley
#7 – Parcel with no address, Joshua Tree
#8 – 65000 Block of Giant Rock, Joshua Tree
#9 – 13200 Block of Dancy Street, Eastvale
#10 – 32900 Block of Dune Road, Newberry Springs
#11 – 33200 Block of Mountain View, Newberry Springs
#12 – 46700 of Fairview Road, Newberry Springs
#13 – 34900 Block of Piute Road, Newberry Springs
#14 – Parcel with no address, Phelan
#15 – Parcel with no address, Phelan
#16 – 14800 Block of Willow Street, Hesperia
#17 – 7700 Block of Balsa Avenue, Yucca Valley
#18 – 56300 Block of Paseo Las Ninas, Yucca Valley
#19 – 15500 Block of Mesquite, Hesperia
#20 – 9000 Block of Bonanza, Phelan
#21 – 9000 Block of Wolf Drive, Phelan
#22 – 4700 Block of Duncan Road, Phelan
#23 – 15300 Comanche Road, Apple Valley
#24 – 10600 Valley Vista Avenue, Apple Valley
#25 – 36500 Block of Santa Fe Street, Daggett
#26 – 34600 Little Dirt Road, Newberry Springs
#27 – 40 Block of East Broadway, New York, New York

MET personnel had received numerous complaints about large outdoor and indoor marijuana cultivations in these areas.

Over the past two weeks, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s personnel located and arrested 75 suspects.

  • List of People Arrested:

Miguel Villareal, 39 year old male resident of Hesperia, CA. Location #2
Elizabeth Villareal, 37 year old female resident of Hesperia, CA. Location #2
Petros Trunyan, 33 year old male resident of Sacramento, CA. Location #3
Oscar Quintana, 47 year old male resident of Hesperia, CA. Location #5
Terry Kin, 33 year old male resident of San Diego, CA. Location #6
Johnny Vibounphonh, 38 year old male resident of San Diego, CA. Location #6
Jimmy Sourn, 27 year old male resident of San Diego, CA. Location #6
Harry Edwards, 65 year old male resident of Joshua Tree, CA. Location #7
Jesus Lozoya, 23 year old male resident of San Diego, CA. Location #7
Dorothy Lee, 68 year old female resident of Joshua Tree, CA. Location #8
Jose Siveagoday, 24 year old male resident of Perris, CA. Location #12
Jose Salinas, 24 year old male resident of Perris, CA. Location #12
Seonga Kim, 73 year old female resident of Newberry Springs, CA. Location #13
Yan Suqing, 62 year old male resident of Los Angeles, CA. Location #13
Hongya Jiang, 51 year old female resident of Los Angeles, CA. Location #13
Xu Zhang, 37 year old female resident of Monterey Park, CA. Location #13
Daocheng Hong, 40 year old male resident of Pahrump, NV. Location #13
Jianyi Hou, 46 year old male resident of Monterey Park, CA. Location #13
Chengfeng Wang, 55 year old male resident of Reisterstown, MD. Location #13
Jin Chen, 56 year old female resident of New York, NY. Location #13
Hui Jiang, 53 year old male resident of China. Location #13
Qzhao Weng, 46 year old male resident of China. Location #13
Yan Lin, 46 year old female resident of China. Location #13
He Li, 56 year old female resident of China. Location #13
Bin Chen, 35 year old male resident of China. Location #13
Aizhen Yan, 53 year old female resident of China. Location #13
Seong Kim, 75 year old male resident of South Korea. Location #13
Huizhen Wang, 44 year old female resident of Flushing, NY. Location #13
Qiwu Xie, 39 year old male resident of Alhambra, CA. Location #13
Zu Han, 59 year old male resident of Flushing, NY. Location #13
Yue Jiao, 51 year old female resident of Rowland Heights, CA. Location #13
Xiang Liu, 64 year old male resident of Los Angeles, CA. Location #13
Binyan Chen, 54 year old female resident of Los Angeles, CA. Location #13
Renhua Lin, 47 year old male resident of San Gabriel, CA. Location #13
Yixing Sun, 56 year old male resident of West Covina, CA. Location #13
Xinhua Ma, 53 year old male resident of Los Angeles, CA. Location #13
Chen Dong, 55 year old male resident of Los Angeles, CA. Location #13
Gui Xia Liu, 58 year old female resident of Los Angeles, CA. Location #13
Chi Xiang Ni, 63 year old female resident of New York, NY. Location #13
Jesus Alvarez, 24 year old male resident of Mexico. Location #14
Luis Osorio, 23 year old male resident of Wasco, CA. Location #15
Vicente Rendon, 46 year old male resident of Wasco, CA. Location #15
Luis Hernandez, 21 year old male resident of Santa Maria, CA. Location #15
Alejandro Cruz, 23 year old male resident of Oxnard, CA. Location #15
Lionisio Hernandez, 57 year old male resident of Santa Maria, CA. Location #15
Celso Hernandez, 20 year old male resident of Bakersfield, CA. Location #15
Santos Garcia, 22 year old male resident of Bakersfield, CA. Location #15
Sarah Garcia, 27 year old female resident of Salinas, CA. Location #15
Chance Womack, 37 year old male resident of Hesperia, CA. Location #16
Lamonte Savoy, 28 year old male resident of Yucca Valley, CA. Location #17
Quanita Savoy, 47 year old female resident of Yucca Valley, CA. Locations #17
Jonathan Bauml, 39 year old male resident of Yucca Valley, CA. Location #18
Antonio Vega-Diaz, 59 year old male resident of Phelan, CA. Location #20
Alberto Rosas Vega, 30 year old male resident of Phelan, CA. Location #20
Tamy Ahumada, 64 year old female resident of Phelan, CA. Location #20
Gilbert Ahumada, 64 year old male resident of Phelan, CA. Location #20
Leonel Villasenor, 51 year old male resident of Phelan, CA. Location #21
Gary Bilderback, 58 year old male resident of Phelan, CA. Location #22
William Beal, 71 year old male resident of Phelan, CA. Location #22
George Payan, 56 year old male resident of Phelan, CA. Location #22
Bob Wehr, 62 year old male resident of Phelan, CA. Location #22
Brad Keasler, 43 year old male resident of Apple Valley, CA. Location #23
Cheyanne Reseck, 41 year old female resident of Apple Valley, CA. Location #23
Adam Clark, 40 year old male resident of Hesperia, CA. Location #24
Michael Steele, 48 year old male resident of Apple Valley, CA. Location #24
Xuchu Lin, 59 year old male resident of Daggett, CA. Location #25
Jian Xing, 53 year old male resident of Brooklyn, NY. Location #26
Daniel Xu, 35 year old male resident of New York, NY. Location #26
Wenbin Lu, 48 year old male resident of China. Location #26
Fei Hu, 54 year old male resident of Flushing, NY. Location #26
Jian Ping, 61 year old male resident of New York, NY. Location #26
Duan Peng, 30 year old male resident of Mexico. Location #26
Meilong Chen, 55 year old female resident of Brooklyn, NY. Location #26
Quio Yu Zhu, 52 year old female resident of China. Location #26
Zhumeixiu Chu, 56 year old female resident of New York, NY. Location #26

Investigators seized 33,000 marijuana plants, 7,434.9 pounds of processed marijuana, 11 guns, 2,168 grams of concentrated marijuana, 1,888 vape cartridges containing concentrated marijuana, and over $167,000.00 in cash.

Investigators eradicated a total of 163 greenhouses found at these locations, as well as 11 indoor locations.

Investigators mitigated one electrical bypass and one THC extraction lab, and recovered one stolen vehicle.

One of the firearms seized was found to be reported stolen.

Operation Hammer Strike continued serving several more search warrants over several weeks across California leading to many more people arrested.

According to a press release from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, from Monday, June 20th, 2022 to Sunday, July 3rd, 2022, investigators from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department – Marijuana Enforcement Team (MET), along with San Bernardino Sheriff’s deputies from several different Patrol Stations, served 35 search warrants at various locations in Phelan, Pinon Hills, Apple Valley, Helendale, Yermo, Newberry Springs, Adelanto, Hesperia, Twentynine Palms, Morongo Valley, Fontana, and Oro Grande.

  • List of Locations:

#1 – Parcel with no address, Phelan
#2 – 3100 Block of Cactus Road, Phelan
#3 – 500 Block of Tamarack Road, Pinon Hills
#4 – 16400 Block of Malahat Road, Apple Valley
#5 – Parcel with no address, Helendale
#6 – Parcel with no address, Helendale
#7 – Parcel with no address, Helendale
#8 – Parcel with no address, Helendale
#9 – Parcel with no address, Helendale
#10 – 16300 Block of Red Buttes Way, Helendale
#11 – 35600 Block of Minneola, Yermo
#12 – 35700 Block of Centerline Road, Newberry Springs
#13 – 32500 Block of Croydon Road, Newberry Springs
#14 – 47000 Block of Fairview Road, Newberry Springs
#15 – Parcel with no address, Newberry Springs
#16 – 48500 Block of Davis Drive, Newberry Springs
#17 – 30400 Block of Berry Road, Newberry Springs
#18 – Parcel with no address, Adelanto
#19 – Parcel with no address, Adelanto
#20 – 7100 Block of Saxon Road, Adelanto
#21 – Parcel with no address, Adelanto
#22 – Parcel with no address, Adelanto
#23 – Parcel with no address, Adelanto
#24 – 25900 Block of Highway 18, Apple Valley
#25 – 17500 Block of Bangor Avenue, Hesperia
#26 – 16500 Block of Adelia Street, Hesperia
#27 – 7300 Block of Smoketree Road, Phelan
#28 – 72100 Block of Sun Valley Drive, Twentynine Palms
#29 – 52700 Block of Apache Trail, Morongo Valley
#30 – 9900 Block of Fobes Road, Morongo Valley
#31 – 31600 Block of Troy Road, Newberry Springs
#32 – 47400 Block of Autumn Leaf Road, Newberry Springs
#33 – 7400 Block of Cypress Avenue, Fontana
#34 – Parcel with no address, Oro Grande
#35 – Parcel with no address, Phelan

MET personnel had received numerous complaints about large outdoor and indoor marijuana cultivations in these areas.

Over the past two weeks, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s personnel located and arrested 64 suspects.

  • List of People Arrested:

Georgi Rushanyan, 58 year old male resident of Van Nuys, CA. Location #4
Adrian Farias, 18 year old male resident of Mexico. Location #6
Lizet Ramirez, 32 year old female resident of Mexico. Location #6
Alicia Torres, 54 year old female resident of Mexico. Location #6
Valetin Montalvo, 23 year old male resident of Mexico. Location #6
Lorenzo Montalvo, 31 year old male resident of Mexico. Location #6
Luis Rosales, 28 year old male resident of Mexico. Location #6
Juan Hernandez, 32 year old male resident of Mexico. Location #6
Dejesus Montalvo, 30 year old male resident of Mexico. Location #6
Gerardo Gonzalez, 25 year old male resident of Mexico. Location #6
Felipe De Jesus, 25 year old male resident of Delano, CA. Location #6
Jose Bortello, 25 year old male resident of Yermo, CA. Location #11
Dylan Wright, 24 year old male resident of Newberry Springs, CA. Location #16
Daniel Niehaus, 60 year old male resident of Newberry Springs, CA. Location #16
Amberly Grigolla, 46 year old female resident of Barstow, CA. Location #16
Brian Clarke, 56 year old male resident of Las Vegas, NV. Location #16
Colleen Villnow, 63 year old female resident of Newberry Springs, CA. Location #16
Julio Areopagus, 20 year old male resident of Mexico. Location #16
Miguel Arevalo, 23 year old male resident of Mexico. Location #16
Sergio Arevalo, 38 year old male resident of Mexico. Location #16
Hilberto Arevalo, 40 year old male resident of Mexico. Location #16
Rodrigo Arevalo, 27 year old male resident of Mexico. Location #16
Hong Luong, 66 year old male resident of Los Angeles, CA. Location #17
Zhenda He, 33 year old male resident of Arcadia, CA. Location #17
Xianwen Chen, 46 year old male resident of Los Angeles, CA. Location #17
Yi Jian, 43 year old male resident of Rosemead, CA. Location #19
Xiuzhao Liao, 24 year old male resident of Los Angeles, CA. Location #19
Bobo Wei, 40 year old male resident of San Francisco, CA. Location #19
Shi Hu Mo, 36 year old male resident of Grand Junction, CO. Location #20
Lirong Li, 34 year old male resident of Renton, WA. Location #20
Zhigang Yan, 37 year old male resident of Temple City, CA. Location #20
Isabel Medina, 43 year old male resident of Mexico. Location #23
Mario Gallegos, 39 year old male resident of Los Angeles, CA. Location #23
Lino Garcia, 38 year old male resident of Fresno, CA. Location #23
Jose Silva, 31 year old male resident of Fresno, CA. Location #23
Alvaro Valdovinos, 32 year old male resident of Lancaster, CA. Location #23
Jose Martinez, 18 year old male resident of Riverside, CA. Location #23
Antonio Avalos, 47 year old male resident of Victorville, CA. Location #23
Jose Vargas, 24 year old male resident of Mexico. Location #23
Gonzalo Padilla, 22 year old male resident of Mexico. Location #23
Jose Martinez, 45 year old male resident of Adelanto, CA. Location #23
Serhiy Zayets, 37 year old male resident of Apple Valley, CA. Location #24
Logan Slavic, 27 year old male resident of Twentynine Palms, CA. Location #28
Jessica Dickler, 27 year old female resident of Twentynine Palms, CA. Location #28
Johnlee Vorakoumane, 56 year old male resident of Fresno, CA. Location #29
Dat Pham, 48 year old male resident of Westminster, CA. Location #30
Galo Zurita, 40 year old male resident of Morongo Valley, CA. Location #30
Suying Wang, 55 year old female resident of San Dimas, CA. Location #31
Zhongjun Chen, 40 year old male resident of Monterey Park, CA. Location #31
Weixing Zhou, 49 year old male resident of Los Angeles, CA. Location #31
Chaohui Chen, 46 year old male resident of Rosemead, CA. Location #31
Qi Lin, 33 year old male resident of Alhambra, CA. Location #31
Zhong Chen, 41 year old male resident of Monterey Park, CA. Location #31
Hua Chen, 30 year old male resident of China. Location #31
Lin Ming, 59 year old male resident of China. Location #31
Jian Zheng, 41 year old male resident of China. Location #31
Jiang Lin, 42 year old male resident of Rosemead, CA. Location #31
Huang Xingquan, 46 year old male resident of China. Location #31
Xiebin Xue, 37 year old male resident of China. Location #31
Fengsi Lin, 34 year old female resident of China. Location #32
Youmin Song, 52 year old male resident of China. Location #32
Qui Zhang, 30 year old male resident of China. Location #32
Wei Xuang, 41 year old male resident of China. Location #32
Hector Arreguin, 43 year old male resident of Fontana, CA. Location #33

Investigators seized 54,111 marijuana plants, 10,956 pounds of processed marijuana, two guns, 22,226 grams of concentrated psilocybin mushrooms, and over $2,600.00 in cash.

Investigators eradicated a total of 473 greenhouses found at these locations, as well as eight indoor locations.

Investigators mitigated one THC extraction lab.

After several weeks of Operation Hammer Strike, the investigations revealed the cannabis cultivations were not in compliance with California’s Medical and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA) and San Bernardino County’s ordinance prohibiting Commercial Cannabis Activity. San Bernardino County has a law prohibiting Commercial Cannabis Activity, which includes growing marijuana plants outdoors.

The Sheriff’s Gangs/Narcotics Division will continue to enforce California’s cannabis laws and San Bernardino County’s ordinance regarding cannabis cultivation and distribution. Persons found guilty of violating the state law and county ordinance are subject to fines, prosecution, and seizure of property.

Property owners who are growing marijuana or are aware their tenants are growing marijuana on their properties in violation of the state law and local ordinances may also be subject to civil or criminal sanctions. Property owners are encouraged to contact their local law enforcement or code compliance agency to confirm if cultivating cannabis is prohibited or allowed under specific regulations.

The suspects were cited or booked on charges of Cultivation of Cannabis, over six plants, Possession for Sales of Marijuana, Possession of Stolen Property, Illegal Water Discharge, Manufacturing a Controlled Substance, and Conspiracy.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to contact the Sheriff’s Gangs/Narcotics Division at (909)387-8400 or NARC-MET@sbcsd.org.

Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call the We-tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463), or you may leave the information on the We-Tip Hotline at http://www.wetip.com.

Refer: Sheriff’s Public Affairs

Press Release: https://local.nixle.com/alert/9522053/

(From Monday, June 6th, 2022 To Sunday June 19th, 2022)

Station: Gangs/Narcotics Division

Phone No. 909-387-3700

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Refer: Sheriff’s Public Affairs

Press Release: https://local.nixle.com/alert/9522099/

(From Monday, June 20th, 2022 To Sunday, July 3rd, 2022)

Station: Gangs/Narcotics Division

Phone No. 909-387-3700

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SHANNON D. DICUS, Sheriff-Coroner
San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department

Great work to all of the deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Marijuana Enforcement Team and law enforcement personnel who were involved in Operation Hammer Strike.

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