San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon is scheduled to speak about illegal marij grows Tuesday during a presentation to the Apple Valley Town Council.
Information for the presentation was scant on the meeting’s agenda; however, McMahon has discussed the issue with several High Desert organizations in recent months. During those presentations in communities like Lucerne Valley and Helendale, the sheriff detailed his department’s successes and challenges as they relate to illegal grows in the county.
In Lucerne Valley on March 3, for example, McMahon likened the sheriff’s department’s ongoing effort to curtail the grows to playing a game of whack-a-mole, saying new sites spring up as quickly as they are shut down.
Because operating an illegal marijuana grow is a misdemeanor under California law, McMahon said that alleged offenders are often cited and released on site, leaving law enforcement with few options to make lasting progress on a problem that officials say is on the rise.