Randy Economy Investigative Journalist, Political Adbviser

Wednesday, September 09, 2020

7 people dead at suspected illicit marijuana operation in the remote Riverside County area of Aguanga

 By Randy Economy

...something happened this past week here in Riverside County that really caught my eye and as far as I can tell, not much media has been brought to this case.

Seven people are dead...brutally killed in what law enforcement officials believe is a illegal drug operation gone bad...like really off the rails bad.  

Since the massive fires are burning all over the region and state, not much attention has been paid to this case.  The media is already spread thin in their reporting these days.  

As an investigative journalist who has covered these type of crimes in the past, this particular case is off the charts in so many ways. 

No suspect(s) is/are in custody.  Was this a cartel type operation gone bad?  Any video cameras on site?  Who were the people shot and killed?  Where did they live? Why did this drug operation go unnoticed by local officials? 

Below are the details from the Riverside County Sheriff's Department. Sheriff Chad Bianco and his top brass held a presser about the case.  Stay tuned. I am going to follow this...

On Monday, September 7, 2020, at 12:33 AM, deputies responded to a residence in the 45000 block of Highway 371 in the unincorporated area of Aguanga, for a report of an Assault with a Deadly Weapon. Once deputies arrived to begin their investigation, they located a female adult suffering from gunshot wounds. Paramedics immediately transported the female to a local hospital for medical treatment. Deputies found six additional victims suffering from gunshot wounds. All six victims at the location died as a result of their injuries. Despite life-saving efforts by medical personnel, the female who was transported also died from her injuries. In total, seven victims died as a result of this incident.

Investigators from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Central Homicide Unit and Hemet Station responded and assumed the investigation. Evidence located at the scene indicated the location was being used to manufacture and harvest an illicit marijuana operation. There was over one-thousand pounds of marijuana and several hundred marijuana plants located at the scene.

The area was searched for a suspect; however, the suspect(s) remains outstanding. Investigators are currently working on leads, and the investigation is ongoing. This appears to have been an isolated incident, and there is no threat to the general public.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department encourages anyone with information regarding the incident to contact Central Homicide Investigator Paz at (951) 955-2777.

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