Riverside County probation check leads to discovery of $1 million marijuana grow

(Riverside Police Department)

A probation check in Riverside County ended with officers finding an estimated $1 million worth of marijuana plants at a Riverside County home.

Deputies went to a home on Covell Street in an unincorporated part of the county about 2 pm on Thursday looking for a man with an outstanding felony warrant, according to police. When they arrived, they encountered a man with a loaded handgun.

(Riverside Police Department)

Authorities believe the man was protecting a large marijuana filed, that was later found to have around 400 plants with a combined weight of around 6,000 pounds. The suspect had been living in a shack near the field.

Three men found at operation were arrested on suspicion of cultivating, possessing and transporting for sale marijuana. of the marijuana field were arrested. Police identified the men as Luis M. Herrera Madrigal, 24, of Riverside, Anthony Piccoli, 48, of Riverside and Ramon Vivian, 56, of Perris.

(Riverside Police Department)

Police say the value of the marijuana was about one million dollars.


  1. so is it just the lack of a permit at this point? There are warehouses growing that amount or more in Coachella Valley….

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