UPDATE: Sheriff names those arrested in $7 million yield marijuana grow bust in Rainbow

UPDATE: The Sheriff’s Dept. has now released the names of those arrested in yesterday’s (Sept. 3) large marijuana grow in Rainbow.

The men arrested were Eric Stegner, 22, Qui Chen Liu, 25, and Jilian Zhang, 45.

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Sheriff’s Dept. busts large marijuana grow in Rainbow; 3,379 plants with yield value of $7 million; three arrested

Debbie Ramsey

Managing Editor

The San Diego County Sheriff’s Dept., Fallbrook substation has reported a large marijuana grow was busted this afternoon in Rainbow and three individuals have been arrested in connection with it.

According to Sheriff’s Sgt. Patrick Yates, at approximately 2 p.m. today, Tues., Sept. 3, “Members of the Sheriff’s Fallbrook Substation Crime Suppression Team developed information that led them to suspect a large marijuana grow in the 2200 block of Rainbow Valley Blvd., in Rainbow. Based on the information they gathered, a search warrant was issued for the property.”

Yates said the area that was searched included several greenhouses in the area surrounded by other greenhouses and plant nurseries.

“A total of 3,379 marijuana plants with a potential yield of over $7,000,000 in street value were found and seized,” said Yates.

The Narcotics Task Force assisted with the search and seizure of the marijuana plants.

Three suspects were arrested in connection with the grow. They had left the property just prior to the search warrant being served.

Yates described the suspects as “two Asian male adults and a white male adult” and they were observed tending to the grow.

Yates said all three suspects have been charged with cultivating marijuana (11358 Health and Safety Code). Their identities have not been released at this time.

24 Responses to "UPDATE: Sheriff names those arrested in $7 million yield marijuana grow bust in Rainbow"

  1. Wrenchers   September 3, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    $7 Million?

    What were they growing? Joints in Gold Tiffany Cigarette cases?

  2. @ Wrenchers   September 3, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    According to the article they were growing 3,379 plants of marijuana. 3379 plants X $2000 per plant = $7000000. Is this surprising to you? Sounds about right to me.

  3. Fallbrook res.   September 3, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    Good job men!

  4. Lee   September 3, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    Thank you, Law Enforcement!

  5. Wrenchers   September 3, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    "3379 plants X $2000 per plant = $7000000. Is this surprising to you?"


  6. Abel Avalos   September 4, 2013 at 6:06 am

    Wooo!! Two Asian and A white male no HISPANICS OR MEXICANS that is Amazing I am A Mexican- American and all the the times they seize It, IT is either MEXICAN or HISPANIC people Thank good now they are hiring WHITES OR ASIANS!!!!

  7. Yoshi Shirindipity   September 4, 2013 at 7:54 am

    I thought that stuff was Legal in California – don’t bogart that Joint is exclaimed all over the cities of California to my understanding? I’m glad I’m not a Pot head like my brother in law.

  8. Pink   September 4, 2013 at 7:59 am

    I think that the growing of marijuana for profit is usually a "white" crime. I don’t believe that any so called race of people is any better or any worse than anyone else. There are good and bad people in everywhere. Some people choose good, some people choose evil, and some people are just plain stupid.

  9. Justwondering   September 4, 2013 at 8:27 am

    Why are the names not in the article?

    VILLAGE NEWS REPLIES: Because the Sheriff’s Dept. won’t release the names to us yet. We have requested them but they are declining for now.

  10. kma   September 4, 2013 at 8:56 am

    AS usual, "street value" is exaggerated! Those plants would have to produce at least a lb a piece to generate the $7 million guesstimate by our SD Sheriff’s Dept…and from the pictures released to the media, those were some squatty plants maybe producing ONE oz or so per plant! The SD Sheriff’s Dept is known for their inability to count plants and do simple math. More than likely, those plants were torn into stems and each stem was counted as a plant to INFLATE the counts! Check our local courts for proof of this practice.

  11. Confused   September 4, 2013 at 10:08 am

    In another couple of years that will not be a crime. Look at what the DOJ has said about WA and CO states.

  12. grunt   September 4, 2013 at 11:08 am

    @confused – still a crime (rightly or wrongly) just that the current administration decided not to uphold the oath of office – Obama and his people are picking and chosing which laws (made by congress) they enforce; many examples out there.

  13. Wrenchers   September 4, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    O.K… Please bear with me here as I mention this not in the spirit of disagreement, but in the spirit of clarity…

    … From Wikipedia:

    "Proposition 215, or the Compassionate Use Act of 1996,[1] is a California law concerning the use of medical cannabis. It was enacted, on November 5, 1996, by means of the initiative process, and passed with 5,382,915 (55.6%) votes in favor and 4,301,960 (44.4%) against.

    The proposition was a state-wide voter initiative authored by Dennis Peron, Anna Boyce RN, John Entwistle, Jr., Valerie Corral,[2] Dale Gieringer, Thomas Seiler, William Panzer, Scott Imler,[3] and psychiatrist Tod H. Mikuriya, and approved by California voters. It allows patients with a valid doctor’s recommendation, and the patient’s designated Primary Caregivers, to possess and cultivate marijuana for personal medical use, and has since been expanded to protect a growing system of collective and cooperative distribution. The Act added Section 11362.5 to the California Health and Safety Code. This law has caused much conflict in the United States between states’ rights advocates and those who support a stronger federal presence."

    Alright? Now… Just a hypothetical scenario based on the above…

    Let’s just say this grow facility was a legal, California Certified MMJ entity mimicking Colorado’s model, and was filed as a California "C" Corporation. With this in mind, and using "rounded" numbers:

    Based on this ONE SINGLE GROW FACILITY, with ONE SINGLE $7 MILLION YIELD, California could have received as much as:

    $618,800.00 In State Corporate Income Taxes (@8.84%)
    $595,000.00 In County Sales Taxes (@8.50%)

    Let’s now consider the "Trickle Down" revenues to and from local Garden Supply stores, Utility companies, Dispensaries, and the fact that the Corporate "Owners" would more than likely pay income taxes at both the Federal and State levels.

    With all due respect… The problem is?

  14. Me   September 4, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    That is so true grunt. Obama has made a joke of the rule of law. Marijuana enforcement….. etc

    He thinks he can just decide what laws he wants to uphold.

    We have been told all our lives that if we disagree with a law…you work to change it. We just don’t ignore it.

  15. Smok3y   September 4, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    Of course he does what he wants he told congress he will do what he wants…why did you people re-elect him?

  16. DDogbreath   September 4, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    Too bad they wast their time on this instead of taking bad guy’s off the street like robbers, rapists & thieves.

  17. Mom of lots   September 4, 2013 at 11:07 pm


  18. VILLAGE NEWS   September 5, 2013 at 8:48 am

    Bloggers – Please post comments on this story (and all stories) that relate to the topic of the story.
    Thank you.
    D. Ramsey

  19. Lee   September 5, 2013 at 11:02 am

    Is anybody besides me not buyin’ the whole argument of medicinal marijuana and dispensaries and all that crud?! I think it’s a bunch of bull. It’s one big excuse and lie for pot smokers to get their weed "legally", whatever that means. If marijuana is medicinal, well then, why not use other medicines for an ailment? True, pot is "natural" and other medicines may not be. True. But the point is that THERE are other medicines out there that do the trick just fine. So, that means that pot users AREN’T pushing to get pot legalized for its medicinal purposes; they are pushin’ it . . . just to, let us PLEASE not kid ourselves, get hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiigh.

    That’s all that is happening right now. And Uncle Sam? Well, he has simply realized the old notion that if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. And besides, now Uncle Sam can make some moneeeeeeeeeeeeey in form of taxes off of pot. Yippie! That’s all that’s happenin’.

    I have a question for everybody. Raise your hand if you want your pilot and co-pilots . . . hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiigh 20 minutes before take-off. Raise ’em! (That certainly would give a whole new definition to the expression, gettin’ high, wouldn’t it?) Raise your hand if you want your surgeon who’s about to perform a by-pass surgery on you to . . . light it up 30 minutes prior to surgery. Come on, raise ’em! I certainly don’t! And this brings us right to the center of the whole debate: pot affects your thinking/judgment/etc. . . . which means that pot is NOT a good thing.

    So why have it legalized? Again, the answer is simple: moneeeeeeeeeeeeeey for Uncle Sam.

    So folks, get ready for news stories about pilots causing a crash cuz they were high, or train conductors doing the same, and on and on the examples go. Sure, folks in these positions will and certainly should get tested . . . but that, yet again, leaves us with the question that if pot is good for you, then why need testing? The answer, of course, is that pot is NOT good for you.

    Pot is a bunch of bull[beep]!

  20. Weed Hater   September 5, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    Lee #19-

    You are absolutely correct, weed is just a pretense. It should stay illegal. And we should prohibit alcohol and tobacco the same way. Neither has any positive use and are only there to collect taxes!

  21. DR DR   September 5, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    There’s a doctor in the house:

    Hmmm…perscription drugs are better Lee? I disagree. THE greatest addiction at present are PILLS: Oxycodone, hyrocodone, Zanax, Aderal, the list goes on and on. All FDA approved, doctors can’t stop prescribing because the patient will go through withdrawals so severe it causes death.

    Pills to stay awake, go to sleep, have energy, depression, anxiety, PAIN…do you think pilots, engineers, truck drivers, auto drivers aren’t taking these on every highway today and everyday?

    My co-worker has a medical card, smokes pot for sleep, anxiety and pain. Doesn’t smoke at work as it is against policy.

  22. Reality Checker   September 5, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    I have to agree with Lee. The vast majority of people screaming for legalization just want to get high. They will use any excuse they can find to justify smoking pot. There are a very few who extract specific compounds from weed to alleviate symptoms of serious life threatening conditions, but the average user who wants thier pot just walk into a certain doctors office and feigns aches and pains to get a medical card so they can get pot and get high without local or state cops hassling them. I also think they often use thier medical excuse to justify smoking pot and getting high in thier own mind and to others around them.

  23. uranium   September 5, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    Lee, listen to what the [beep] you are saying…
    Replace the word marijuana with the word alcohol and you would have fit in famously with the 1930s temperance movement. Any lessons learned from that chapter of history or were you asleep that day in high school?

    These days we call injesting alcohol "getting drunk" and injesting marijuana "getting high". But they are both drugs (let’s not forget caffeine, acetaminophen, etc) and if you don’t think alcohol to excess is the more dangerous and destructive of the two, you’re living in a fantasy land.
    Pilots are basically glorified bus drivers and 20-30 years ago it was common practice for many of them to get ripped in the sky lounge before takeoff. Seriously, it’s not the most exciting job save for the takeoff and landing. You still hear about drunk pilots getting popped even today. What you don’t hear about is mass casualties in the airline industry due to pilots or crew being drunk/high/whatever. The age of the planes and deferred maintenance are far more likely to cause an air disaster…save for that last one in San Francisco. That guy should not have been landing a plane with his level of experience.

    Surgeons have access to any number of drugs and I’m sure a great deal of them use ones that promote focus and concentration such as adderall or modinafil. And benzodiazepenes to level the effect if it is negatively affecting their performance.
    Bad doctors don’t have careers for very long. Word tends to get around.

    The 2008 Chatsworth train crash that killed 25 was likely caused by the metrolink engineer texting with some kid railfan. He ran through a red signal and collided with a UP freight train. The last text he sent was 22 seconds before impact. With your logic, cell phones should be illegal because a small percentage of people can’t use them responsibly so none should be able to. Also with your logic Uncle Sam raking in loads of $$$ from the telecoms due to the mass proliferation of cell phones is wrong and bad for our country, right?

    I challenge you to further elaborate on why the government making billions of dollars on taxes by overseeing a legal, regulated marijuana industry is a negative. Last I checked the empire is crumbling. We have cut or dismantled nearly everything except the "defense" industry and the bones are continuing to protrude everywhere we turn.

    And last but not least, a shout out to the Fallbrook Sheriffs that executed this heroic "narcotics" bust. I’m sure it was a real adrenaline rush getting to put all that fancy new militarized tactical gear to use against this dangerous weed that has been grown and consumed since the beginning of time. There were probably no other crimes such as harassment, robbery, rape, or murder occurring while you were playing stormtrooper at 1 pot farm out of 1000 in Rainbow, then celebrating back at the station with an extended photo op/high-five session.

    I know I feel safer knowing there is slightly less weed growing in rainbow.
    I sure sleep sounder knowing the extremely expensive and futile ‘war on drugs’ is continuing down the road Nixon set it on when he declared marijuana a schedule I substance because of his public hatred of "hippies".
    Heck, I’m not even going to lock my door tonight because I’m feeling so safe that these 3 young farmers whose lives are now destroyed are off the streets.

  24. Lee   September 5, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    A quick explanation.

    "You still hear about drunk pilots getting popped even today." Good, as well they should! [I am going under the impression that by ‘popped’ you mean that they get busted for drinking on the job. Just want to explain that one.]


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