More than 1,450 pot plants discovered in homes

EASTVALE, Calif. -

More than 1,450 marijuana plants were discovered during searches of two unoccupied Eastvale homes, but no arrests were made, a sheriff's sergeant said today.

Members of a sheriff's task force received a tip about the homes during an investigation into pot-growing operations in Eastvale, Riverside County sheriff's Sgt. Justin Rowan said.

At 4 p.m. Wednesday, deputies served a search warrant at a Harrow Street home and found more than 850 plants, along with digital scales, packaging materials and a half-pound of processed pot.

Two hours later, deputies served a warrant at a home on Running Deer Circle, where more than 600 pot plants, digital scales and packaging materials were found. Electricity at both homes was being bypassed around the meter, amounting to a combined total of $7,000 a month in stolen electricity, Rowan said.

It was not known how long the operations had been in place, but Rowan said the homes were modified solely to grow, process and package marijuana.

Deputies urged anyone with information about the operations to call Deputy Javier Morando at the sheriff's Jurupa Valley station at (951) 955-2600.

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