3,300 marijuana plants seized, 1 arrested in Perris


A man was arrested after police say they discovered 3,300 marijuana plants at an illegal growing operation in Perris.

After a two-week investigation, search warrants were served at a residence of Goldenrod Avenue on Friday, according to a news release from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

During the search, officials found 3,300 marijuana plants in various stages of growth and 25 pounds of processed marijuana. Deputies also found evidence of electricity theft at both locations. Southern California Edison performed an electrical theft reading and determined over $120,000.00 of electricity was stolen over a nine-month period.

All plants were subsequently eradicated from both locations and the owner of the property, 61-year-old Pingyao Situ of Perris, was arrested for illegal marijuana cultivation and utility theft.