Santa Paula Police Department
Santa Paula Police Department

On 5-30-14 at approximately 1112 hours officers responded to the Santa Paula High School for a report of 100 students fighting in the center quad area. Upon arrival students had returned to class and officers left the area. School officials reported this was due to reports on social media that students were "going to storm" the boys gym due to a social activity being canceled. At approximately 1228 hours officers responded again to the high school for a large group of students becoming unruly and causing a disturbance. Seven officers responded and found approximatley 400 students in the quad area. Eight students were detained by high school personnel for inciting a riot. At the request of school officials eight students were cited for inciting a riot. One of those same students was also cited for battery on a school official. All students detained were released to their parents. The student detained by police was also cited for inciting a riot and was released on scene.

Nature of Incident:
Social Disturbance
Report Number(s):
SG1400915
Location(s):
Santa Paula High School. 404 N. 6th St.
Dates & Times:
5-30-14 / 1112 hours
Unit Responsible:
Officer Preparing Press Release:
Press Release Date:
5-30-14
Follow-Up Contact:
Watch Commander
Approved by:

 


 

On 5-30-14 at approximately 0200 hours, Santa Paula Police Officers responded to the area of the 300 block of Larmon Loop, City of Santa Paula, regarding a call of a domestic dispute. When officers arrived, they located a male subject, Daniel Garcia age 21 of Santa Paula, inside of a vehicle in the area. Garcia was found to be on probation and detained believing that he was the subject involved in the reported domestic dispute. The other half of the domestic dispute could not be located after an extensive check of the area was conducted. While checking the area, inside of the vehicle Garcia was observed inside of, a shotgun was located. It was discovered this was a shotgun reported as stolen earlier in the shift. The subject was also found to be in possession of several controlled substances. Garcia is also a known gang associate. He was placed under arrest for 11377 H&S and 11350 H&S, possession of a controlled substance; 496 PC, possession of stolen property; and 11370.1 H&S, possession of a controlled substance with a firearm. The stolen firearm was returned to the owner.

Nature of Incident:
Weapons / Narcotics Arrest
Report Number(s):
SG1400912
Location(s):
300 Block of Larmon Loop
Dates & Times:
5-30-14 / 0200 hours
Unit Responsible:
(S)uspects, (V)ictims
City of Residence
Age
Daniel Garcia
Santa Paula
21
Officer Preparing Press Release:
Press Release Date:
5-30-14
Follow-Up Contact:
Watch Commander
Approved by:

 


 
Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

Sheriff’s investigators eradicated the first large scale marijuana cultivation of the 2014 season with the seizure of 50,280 marijuana plants,

During a marijuana reconnaissance flight in the canyons north of Lake Piru, narcotics investigators discovered a large scale marijuana cultivation site. The marijuana cultivation was located in a canyon approximately 10 miles north of Lake Piru in the Los Padres National Forest. The marijuana plants stretched for over a mile and occupied several smaller side canyons.

On May 23, Investigators from the Sheriff’s Narcotics Bureau West County Street Team, Sheriff’s Custody Bureau, Santa Paula Police Department, and California National Guard Multi-Functional Counter Drug Task Force, were flown to the site by the Sheriff’s Air Unit. 50,280 marijuana plants were eradicated with an estimated street value of over $201,000,000.

Detectives discovered that water had been diverted from several natural springs into hand dug reservoirs. Growers often add fertilizers to these reservoirs, using miles of irrigation hose to water multiple grow sites throughout the canyons. This exploitation of the water course prevents native plants from receiving water and is unsafe for animals or humans to drink. Several hundred pounds of fertilizer were found, along with herbicides, rat poisons, and mountains of trash. Multiple grower campsites were found, one containing a rifle. Investigators believe 6-8 suspects were living in the camps. The suspects fled upon the arrival of investigators.

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office believes these large scale marijuana cultivations are connected to Mexican Cartels operating in California. We remind those using our county’s backcountry to be vigilant in watching for clandestine marijuana operations. If you see irrigation hose, fertilizers, rustic campsites, or hikers without equipment in secluded areas, you may be in danger. If you find yourself in an area and see this type of situation, quietly leave the area and notify law enforcement immediately. You can report your observations anonymously.

Nature of Incident: Marijuana Cultivation and Eradication
Report Number: 14-10615
Location: Piru Canyon
Date & Time: May 23, 2014
Unit(s) Responsible: Sheriff’s Narcotics Bureau, Sheriff’s Custody Bureau, Santa Paula Police Dept, California National Guard
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
Unknown Unknown
Prepared by: Sgt Mike Horne
Media Release Date: May 28, 2014
Follow-Up Contact: Captain Don Aguilar
805-797-7349
Approved by: Captain Mark Franke

Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime. The caller may remain anonymous. The call is not recorded. Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

 
Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

A woman was sexually battered Friday night in the restroom of a local movie theater by an unknown assailant.

On May 23, 2014, at approximately 11:39 p.m., deputies from the Thousand Oaks Police Department were dispatched to a sexual battery, which had just occurred at the Muvico Theatre on Hillcrest Drive. The victim reported that while she was in a restroom stall, an unidentified man slid underneath the partition and sexually battered her. After a brief struggle, the victim was able to exit the stall, and the suspect fled from the theater.

The suspect was described as a Hispanic male, 5’5” to 5’7”, 130-150 lbs., slender, brown hair, brown eyes, medium to dark complexion, wearing a grey hoodie and dark colored jeans. The suspect’s image was captured by surveillance cameras as he was leaving the area of the restroom. The suspect exited the theatre and got into the passenger seat of a black sedan.

The Thousand Oaks Police Department is seeking assistance from the public with identifying this suspect. Anyone with information about the suspect can call Detective Eric Taylor at (805) 947-8252 and any press inquiries can be directed to Sergeant Eric Buschow at (805) 947-8129.

Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime. The caller may remain anonymous. The call is not recorded. Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

Nature of Incident: Woman Sexually Battered at Movie Theater
Report Number: 14-11853
Location: Muvico Theatre 166 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks
Date & Time: May 23, 2014 @ 11:14 p.m.
Unit Responsible: East County Major Crimes / Sexual Assault Unit
Prepared by: Sergeant Robert Fleming
Media Release Date: May 24, 2014
Follow-Up Contact: Detective Eric Taylor (805) 947-8252
Sergeant Eric Buschow (805) 947-8129
Approved by: Captain Mike Hartmann

 
Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

The County of Ventura has been recognized for innovative approaches to reduce underage drinking and support responsible alcohol policies. Between 2006 and 2007, cities across Ventura County enacted underage drinking policies known as Social Host Ordinances. Social Host fines are civil penalties aimed at individuals who host parties where alcohol is available to minors. These parties catering to juveniles are high risk environments; where fights, vandalism, and even assaults occur.

A study published this year on the effects of Social Host laws in Ventura County showed a significant reduction in “last 30-day drinking among 9th and 11th graders” locally; as well as reductions in the size of unruly gatherings— especially those with 50 guests or more—since the laws were adopted. (Please See VenturaCountyLimits.org/law for study details)

Because of intense interest from nearby cities and counties to reduce teen drinking, numerous agencies began contacting both the Ventura County Behavioral Health and the Thousand Oaks Police Department to identify strategies they could use to implement a Social Host Ordinance in their own areas. In response, the Thousand Oaks Police Department, Ventura County Sheriff and the Ventura County Behavioral Health Department designed a training program available to any municipality or community prevention organization.

On May 15, 2014, coalitions from Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside and Orange Counties attended a one-day training to learn from our efforts.

Speakers presenting the information were some of the most prominent leaders in developing the initiative over the last several years, including Sheriff Geoff Dean, Thousand Oaks Councilwoman Jacqui Irwin, Prevention Services Manager Dan Hicks, Behavioral Health Division Manager Patrick Zarate, and Captain Jim Fryhoff from the Thousand Oaks Police Department.

The current Social Host Ordinance is a local law enacted in all ten cities and unincorporated areas of Ventura County. It holds the hosts of parties responsible where underage drinking is allowed. The penalties can be civil fines or community service. Fines range from $500.00 to $2,500.00. Since its inception in 2006, hundreds of citations have been issued in local communities. The results are in increased safety for our teens.

“This is not about raising money for the cities, it’s about changing reckless behavior that could hurt our children.” said Captain Jim Fryhoff (Thousand Oaks Assistant Chief of Police).

Councilwoman Irwin commented that “Up to 70% of the sexual assaults on young women and teens came out of home party settings. This is not a rite of passage, it is a preventable harm”

The Thousand Oaks Police Department and Ventura County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind the public that if they host parties where underage drinking is present, they will be liable under a Social Host Ordinance.

Please keep the health and safety of our children foremost in planning your social gatherings this summer.

Nature of Incident: Regional Training on Social Host Laws
Location: Thousand Oaks Police Department. 2101 E Olsen Rd Thousand Oaks
Date & Time: 5-15-2014 at 10:30 AM
Unit Responsible: Thousand Oaks Police Department and Ventura County Sheriff’s Office
Prepared by: Senior Deputy Edward Beauvais, Crime Prevention Bureau
Media Release Date: 5-21-14
Follow-Up Contact: Ed Beauvais (805) 371-8362 / edward.beauvais@ventura.org
Approved by: Captain James Fryhoff

 
Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

The Peace Officers Association of Ventura Couty (POAVC) will be presenting the 2014 Peace Officer’s Memorial event at the Ventura County Government Center. The public is invited to attend. The event will start at 10:00 a.m. at the Peace Officer’s monument located near the west government center entrance on Victoria Avenue.

Family members of Ventura County fallen peace officers will be in attendance, as well as representatives from all county area law enforcement agencies.

This year’s guest speaker will be Oxnard Police Department Assistant Chief Scott Whitney. Assistant Chief Whitney was the husband of Ventura County Sheriff’s Senior Deputy Lisa Whitney who was killed in the line of duty August 12, 1998.

The event will honor all Ventura County law enforcement officers who have given their lives in the line of duty. A ceremonial procession will begin the event. The event will also include the reading of the names of each fallen peace officer, a 21-gun salute by the Sheriff’s Honor Guard, the symbolic riderless horse, and a helicopter formation fly-over.

A video message on this year’s event by Sheriff Dean can be viewed at www.tinyurl.com/VCPOM2014. For more information on the POAVC, visit www.poavc.org.

Nature of Incident: Ventura County Peace Officers Memorial Event
Location: Ventura County Government Center – 800 S.Victoria Ave., Ventura
Date & Time: Thursday May 22nd, 2014 @ 10:00 a.m.
Unit(s) Responsible: Sheriff’s Administration
Prepared by: Captain Don Aguilar
Media Release Date: May 20, 2014
Follow-Up Contact: Captain Don Aguilar (805) 797-7349
Sergeant Eric Buschow (805) 947-8129
Approved by: Captain Ross Bonfiglio

 
Santa Paula Police Department
Santa Paula Police Department

On May 19, 2014 at approximately 1136 hours, SPPD officers responded to the area of 7th Street and Main Street for a fight in progress. Upon arrival, officers located Frank Anaya, 39 years, of Santa Paula, with a large laceration to his upper right arm. Anaya was treated at the scene before being transported to VCMC in Ventura due to the severity of his injury. A witness told police that Anaya and another male subject began challenging a third male subject to a fight. Anaya and the unidentified suspect engaged in a physical fight at which time the suspect produced an unknown type object and stabbed Anaya in the upper arm. The suspect fled east on Main Street on foot. The suspect was not located. He was described as a Hispanic male adult wearing a dark colored shirt and blue jeans. Anaya was uncooperative with police at the scene and would not provide any further information. Anyone in the area that may have witnessed the incident is urged to contact the SPPD @ 525-4474.

Nature of Incident: Assault with a Deadly Weapon
Report Number(s): SG1400846
Location(s): 700 blk. E. Main Street
Dates & Times: May 19, 2014 @ 1136 am
Unit Responsible: Patrol
(S)uspects, (V)ictims City of Residence Age
(V) Frank Anaya, Santa Paula, 39
Officer Preparing Press Release: Sgt. Jeremy Watson #1025
Press Release Date: May 19, 2014
Follow-Up Contact:
Approved by: Commander Ismael Cordero #1038

 
Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

On 5/13/14, at approximately 11:20 PM, Ventura County Sheriff’s Deputies assigned to the City of Thousand Oaks Police Department responded to a “Shots Fired” call for service in the 1100 Block of Vista Canyon Lane. When deputies responded they contacted the reporting parties and were told the reported shots had possibly come from (S) Smith’s residence. Deputies approached the residence and saw that the sliding glass door to Smith’s front patio was shattered and there was debris on the front patio. There were numerous attempts to make contact with the occupants in Smith’s residence, but the deputies were unsuccessful in making contact.

At approximately 1:00 AM, detectives with the City of Thousand Oaks Special Enforcement Unit responded to the scene and surveilled the residence for any persons coming or going. At approximately 8:55 AM, Smith left his residence and a traffic stop was initiated. Smith is currently on active probation with search terms. Detectives responded to Smith’s residence to invoke his probation search terms. During the search of Smith’s residence it appeared as if an explosive device had exploded on Smith’s front patio. The remainder of the residence was searched with no additional persons located.

During the search of Smith’s garage, numerous assault rifles, gun parts, and miscellaneous dry chemicals were located. Due to the possible exploded device on the front patio and the chemicals found in the garage, the Sheriff’s Office Bomb Team responded to evaluate the scene and determine if the area was safe.

The Bomb Team evaluated the scene and determined the method in which the dry chemicals were stored was safe and no evacuations of nearby residences were needed.

Due to the property located inside the residence and garage, a search warrant was written and served at residence. During the service of the search warrant detectives located and seized several hundred rounds of live ammunition in various calibers, assault weapons, expanded ammunition magazines in violation of California law, and narcotics.

On 5/14/14, Smith was initially booked into the Ventura County Jail for the felony charge of:
Penal Code Section 18720 – Possession of substances, material or any combination with intent to make any destructive device/explosive.

The following day, 5/15/14, after detectives were able to review all the evidence seized, Smith was additionally booked at the Ventura County Jail for the following felony charges:
Penal Code Section 18740 – Possessing, exploding, or igniting destructive device or explosive.

Penal Code Section 30605(a) – Possession of Assault Weapons (3 Counts)
Penal Code Section 32625(a) – Possession of a Machine Gun
Penal Code Section 32310 – Possession of High Capacity Ammunition Magazines
Penal Code Section 23900 – Possession of a firearm with no Identifying markings
Health and Safety Code 11378 – Possession of a controlled substance for sale
Health and Safety Code 11350 – Possession of a controlled substance

Nature of Incident: Possession of Destructive Device/Explosive Material, Exploding or Igniting a Destructive Device, and Possession of Illegal Weapons Arrest

Report Number: RB# 14-11008
Location: 1100 Block of Vista Canyon Lane, Thousand Oaks CA

Date & Time: 5/14/2014 @ 11:25 AM
Unit Responsible: City of Thousand Oaks Police Special Enforcement Unit, City of Thousand Oaks Patrol, Special Services Bomb Unit

(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age

(S) Smith, Jason Kyle

Thousand Oaks
32
Prepared by: Sergeant Dan Hawes
Media Release Date: May 15, 2014
Follow-Up Contact: Detective James Sullivan (805) 371-8331 (Weapons & Drugs)

Detective Mike Rompal (805) 383-8743 (Bomb Team)

Approved by: Captain Mike Hartmann

Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime. The caller may remain anonymous. The call is not recorded. Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

 
Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

On 05/18/2014, at approximately 11:15 AM, an alert citizen traveling on the Ventura-Ojai Bike Trail near Crooked Palm Road saw two males fleeing the scene of a brush fire. The citizen immediately contacted the Sheriff’s Office. Patrol units were dispatched to the scene and were able to quickly locate and detain two possible suspects. Each suspect admitted to being involved in starting and fueling the fire. One adult and one juvenile were both subsequently arrested for felony arson.

Sheriff Patrol Deputies responded to an arson in progress call in the area of Crooked Palm Road and the Ventura- Ojai Bike Trail. A citizen had reported that two male subjects came out of the brush near the trail and were fleeing an active fire. The citizen gave a description of each suspect and their direction of travel to Sheriff’s Dispatch, which was radioed to responding patrol units.

A deputy was able to locate both of the suspects within 5 minutes of receiving the call. The suspects were detained approximately ÂĽ mile south of the reported location of the fire. After speaking with additional witnesses, collecting evidence and admissions by the suspects, deputies arrested both suspects for 451 of the California Penal Code/ Felony Arson. (S1) Samuel Patterson was booked at the Pre Trial Detention Facility in Ventura and the juvenile was booked at Ventura County Juvenile Hall in Oxnard.

As part of the Sheriff’s Office response, a helicopter flew to the area to assist in locating the suspects and assessment of the fire. Ventura County and Ventura City Fire resources responded to the fire, including 3 engine companies, 2 battalion chiefs, and 1 hand crew. With their collected effort, they were able to quickly knock down and contain the approximately 50 by 50 foot brush fire. Additional responding fire engines were cancelled once the fire was extinguished. A member of the Ventura County Arson Task Force responded to the fire for further investigation.

The area where the fire was intentionally set is heavily brush and extremely dry due to recent drought conditions. At the time of the fire, winds were blowing at 10-15 mph with gust up to 25 mph. The alertness of a concerned citizen and quick responses of Sheriff and Fire resources certainly averted a much larger incident and directly contributed to the apprehension of two dangerous suspects.

All residents are reminded to contact the Sheriff’s Office regarding any suspicious subjects, vehicles, or activities within the open spaces of our county.

Nature of Incident: Arson Arrests
Report Number: RB# 14-10984
Location: 4000 Block of Crooked Palm Road Ventura, Ca. 93001
Date & Time: 05/18/2014 @ 11:13 AM
Unit(s) Responsible: Ventura County Sheriff’s Office- Ojai Patrol, Air Squad 8

Ventura County Fire Department- Medic/Engine 23, Hand Crew 11 &
Battalion Chief

Ventura City Fire- Medic/Engine 1, Medic /Engine 2, & Battalion Chief

Ventura County Arson Task Force
Prepared by: Sergeant B. Koppenjan
Media Release Date: 05/18/2014
Follow-Up Contact: Detective Joe Mulrooney 805-646-1414 joe.mulrooney@ventura.org
Approved by: Captain Rob Davidson

Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime. The caller may remain anonymous. The call is not recorded. Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

 
Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

The Camarillo Police Department is warning Ventura County residents of a telephone scam where a female with a foreign accent is calling households claiming to be an IRS representative. The female proceeds to inform the phone call recipients that they owe $ 3,000 in back income taxes. Victims are told the money must be paid promptly through Western Union.

These calls are fraudulent and have no connection to the IRS. Anyone who receives a phone call from someone demanding payment should report the situation immediately to local law enforcement.

Ventura County residents can protect themselves from telephone scams by confirming the questionable phone calls through the proper agencies or law enforcement. Do not proceed with transactions until confirmation has been made.

The Camarillo Police Department is reminding residents to never provide personal information or conduct financial transactions over the phone with unknown parties. It is uncommon for legitimate businesses to call and ask for money or personal information. If you suspect a phone call to be a scam, do not hesitate to ask questions and contact local authorities.

Nature of Incident: IRS Phone Scam
Location: City of Camarillo
Date : May 14, 2014
Unit(s) Responsible: Community Resource Unit
Prepared by: Deputy Mario Molina
Media Release Date: May 14, 2014
Follow-Up Contact: Deputy Mario Molina 805.388-5130
Approved by: Captain Eric Dowd

Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime. The caller may remain anonymous. The call is not recorded. Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

 
Jesus Antonio “Tony” Solis
Jesus Antonio “Tony” Solis

As part of an on-going investigation, The Sheriff’s Gang Unit served a search warrant at the home of Jesus “Tony” Solis in the City of Oxnard. During the search warrant, 2 loaded handguns were recovered along with over 100 rounds of ammunition. The Ventura County Sheriff’s Bomb Squad responded to the location when numerous illegal mortar style fireworks were also discovered at the residence.

Jesus Solis was arrested in 2008 for a robbery that occurred in the City of Oxnard. As part of his felony conviction in 2010, Jesus was prohibited from owning or possessing firearms. Jesus is also a member of a tagging crew, which is affiliated with a local criminal street gang.

Jesus was booked in the Ventura County Jail on 2 counts of a felon in possession of a firearm and a single count of felon in possession of ammunition. Jesus was released on $60,000 bail.

Nature of Incident: Felon in Possession of Firearms arrest
Report Number: 14-10661
Location: Oxnard, CA
Date & Time: 5/9/2014 @ 5:00 PM
Unit(s) Responsible: Sheriff’s Gang Unit
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
Jesus Antonio “Tony” Solis Oxnard 24
Prepared by: Detective Brian Slominski
Media Release Date: 5/12/2014
Follow-Up Contact: Detective Brian Slominski (805) 654-2856
Approved by: Captain Patti Salas

Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime. The caller may remain anonymous. The call is not recorded. Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

 
Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

During the morning hours of Wednesday, May 7, 2014, a Ventura County Deputy Sheriff was battered by inmate Daniel Moreno in one of the housing sections of the facility. The deputy was retrieving another inmate’s property from a cell when he was assaulted by Inmate Moreno. When the cell door opened, Inmate Moreno attacked the deputy by throwing punches at his head. Moreno pushed the deputy into the wall causing injury to the deputy’s elbow and hand. Other deputies responded and were also assaulted when Moreno spit blood on them during the fight. Deputies eventually were able to get control of Moreno and he was handcuffed without further incident. The deputy was taken to the hospital and treated for minor injuries. He was later released and returned back to work.

Moreno has been in custody since April 6, 2014, on a felony charge of unlawful taking of a vehicle.

Daniel Moreno, an Oxnard resident, was also charged with resisting and battery on a peace officer and he remains in custody.

Nature of Incident: Jail Inmate Batters a Sheriff’s Deputy
Report Number: 14-10413
Location: Ventura County Sheriff’s Pre-Trial Detention Facility
Date & Time: 05-07-14 / 0820 hrs.
Unit(s) Responsible: Sheriff’s Detention Services Division
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
S- Daniel Moreno Oxnard 31
Prepared by:
Senior Deputy Ryan Poynter
Media Release Date: 05-08-14
Follow-Up Contact: Senior Deputy Ryan Poynter (805) 654-2750
Approved by: Captain Melissa Smith

Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime. The caller may remain anonymous. The call is not recorded. Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

 

MERCED -- Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today announced the arrest of 51 individuals associated with a Central Valley-based gang and narcotics trafficking organization and the seizure of methamphetamine, ecstasy, cocaine, marijuana and firearms.

“Drug traffickers have built sophisticated alliances and distribution networks that stretch across state and national borders that require a coordinated law enforcement response,” Attorney General Harris said. “This seizure highlights the importance of cross agency collaboration and the need to support the state task forces that make this work happen. I thank our local, state and federal partners for their ongoing commitment to fighting this serious threat.”

The 51 defendants are charged with conspiracy, weapons violations, gang enhancements, and possession, transportation, distribution and sale of methamphetamine.

Today, over 200 agents executed arrest and search warrants in Merced County and, at the time of this release, made 41 arrests and seized 17 firearms, 300 ecstasy pills, 1.5 pounds of methamphetamine, 1.5 pounds of cocaine, 10.5 pounds of processed marijuana, 841 marijuana plants, 11 vehicles and $83,000 U.S. currency.

Over the course of the entire investigation, agents have now made 51 arrests, seized a total of 72.5 pounds of methamphetamine, 6 pounds of cocaine, 300 ecstasy pills, 10 marijuana growing operations, 20 firearms and $98,400 in U.S. currency.

“Today, through the incredible talent and effort of local, state and federal law enforcement personnel, we dealt a significant body blow to an organized crime cartel that has been trafficking substantial quantities of methamphetamine and cocaine throughout the Central Valley and across several states,” Merced County District Attorney Morse said. “Today’s raids and arrests will put a serious dent in the structure and activities of Norteño gangsters in Merced County operating with the Nuestra Familia Prison Gang. We will never relent in our efforts to destroy the revenue sources for these violent criminal street gangs that are such a plague in our communities.”

The United States Attorney's CONTINUED »

 
Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

During late 2013 and early 2014, the Moorpark Police Department investigated numerous scams targeting citizens of Moorpark. The scams generally target elderly citizens and citizens of Hispanic descent who speak little or no English. The scams include IRS phone scams, loan scams, utility bill scams, diamond scams, lottery scams, and the relative in an accident in Mexico scam.

As a result of the investigations, detectives conducted public outreach directed at specific segments of our population. In order to connect with senior citizens, we conducted a presentation at the senior center advising of typical scams that target senior citizens. In order to connect with members of the Hispanic community, we made several information alert fliers in Spanish and distributed them at businesses frequented by members of the Hispanic community.

Throughout the numerous investigations, detectives learned that almost all of the scammers request the victims purchase “Green Dot” money cards and make payments through the cards, or send money via Western Union. To combat this, we’ve met with managers at Moorpark businesses where victims were directed to purchase gift cards or send money. The purpose of the meetings was two-fold; (1) To educate store employees on the potential criminal scams so they could warn customers who were at their stores to buy the gift cards, and, (2) Have local businesses place informational fliers at the point of sale of the gift cards, informing victims of potential scams before they made the purchase and lose money.

Finally, the Moorpark Police Department recently created a Phone Scam Hotline. This hotline was developed to provide Moorpark citizens with the latest information on various scams affecting residents of Moorpark. The hotline provides information in Spanish or English, and if residents wish to speak to an investigator, they can leave a message and their call will be returned promptly. The information on the hotline will be updated as changes occur in the types of scams occurring in Moorpark.

The Moorpark Police Department’s Phone Scam Hotline can be reached by dialing 805-299-1566 and pressing 1 for Spanish or staying on the line for English. As a reminder, residents should call 911 for any emergencies, and for non-emergencies call 805-654-9511. To reach the Moorpark Police Department general number at 610 Spring Road, Moorpark CA. please call 805-532-2700.

Nature of Incident: Moorpark Police Department Creates Phone Scam Hotline
Report Number:
Location: City of Moorpark
Date & Time: May 1, 2014
Unit(s) Responsible: Moorpark Police Department Investigations Unit
Prepared by: Sergeant Eric Tennessen
Media Release Date: May 1st, 2014
Follow-Up Contact: Eric Tennessen, Sergeant
805-532-2716
Approved by: Steve Wade, Captain

Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime. The caller may remain anonymous. The call is not recorded. Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

 

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today announced a nearly $4 million settlement with eBay over allegations the company violated state anticompetitive laws by making a “no-poach” agreement with Intuit between 2006 and 2009.

“California’s technology sector is at its best when competition and creativity are allowed to thrive,” Attorney General Harris said. “No-poach agreements unfairly punish talented workers and stunt our state’s economic growth. This settlement compensates employees, demands improved future hiring practices, and refunds the state for economic harm.”

In November 2012, Attorney General Harris filed suit against eBay and named Intuit as a co-conspirator, alleging that from 2006 to 2009 senior executives at both companies entered into a “no-poach” agreement restricting each company’s ability to recruit employees from the other company; in addition eBay agreed not to hire Intuit employees. As a result, employees of both companies were prevented from securing potentially better-paying positions and both companies lost the ability to hire qualified employees.

Attorney General Harris' complaint alleged that the agreement violated California’s Unfair Competition Law, the federal Sherman Anti-Trust Act and the state Cartwright Act.

Today’s settlement, filed CONTINUED »

 
Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

The Moorpark Police Department assisted California Highway Patrol officers in the capture and arrest of James Hagen at his residence in Moorpark following a pursuit that began on the 405 (San Diego Freeway) in the San Fernando Valley.

Sheriff deputies in Moorpark were alerted to the pursuit of a motorcycle by CHP officers traveling west bound on the 118 Freeway in Simi Valley. The suspect was reported to be traveling at speeds ranging from 130 mph to 160 mph and it was also being followed by a Los Angeles Police Department helicopter. The suspect transitioned from the 118 Freeway onto the south bound 23 Freeway and exited at Tierra Rejada Road going west into the City of Moorpark. With the support of the LAPD helicopter, the suspect’s motorcycle was located inside a gated residential community at the suspect’s residence on Bristlecone Court.

The suspected driver of the motorcycle, James Hagen, had hidden himself inside his house and refused to respond to verbal requests to surrender. He was contacted via his wireless telephone and eventually Hagen agreed to submit to arrest without incident or injury. West Valley Area CHP officers arrested Hagen for VC 2800.2 –Evading (Felony). Hagen was taken to the West Valley LAPD Station where he was booked.

Nature of Incident: Mutual Aid to the CHP -Pursuit of a Motorcycle
Report Number: RB# 14-9797
Location: Bristlecone Circle, Moorpark
Date & Time: 04/30/2014 12:50 a.m.
Unit(s) Responsible: Moorpark Police Department, Moorpark and West Valley Area California Highway Patrol, Los Angeles Police Department Air Unit
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
James Hagen Moorpark 30
Prepared by: Craig Smith, Sergeant
Media Release Date: 04/30/2014
Follow-Up Contact: Craig Smith, Sergeant 805-532-2700
Approved by: Captain Watkins

Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime. The caller may remain anonymous. The call is not recorded. Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

 
Santa Paula Police Department
Santa Paula Police Department

On 4/25/14, Santa Paula Police Officers were dispatched to the 600 block of Acacia Rd regarding a possible shooting. While in route, police dispatch advised the officers responding the victim was possibly in route to the hospital by private vehicle. Officers located and cordoned off a crime scene in the 600 block of Acacia Rd. Moments later, Santa Paula Dispatch was notified by Community Memorial Hospital a gunshot victim had arrived at their Emergency Room but had subsequently been transferred to the Ventura County Medical Center (VCMC).
The Victim, Bobby Garcia, 28-years-old from Santa Paula, sustained several gunshot wounds and undergoing surgery. Garcia was uncooperative with Investigators. No one is in custody at this time.
As of 4/26/14 @ 0452 hours, Garcia remains in stable condition in the operating room at VCMC.

Nature of Incident:
Shooting Victim
Report Number(s):
SG1400699
Location(s):
600 Block Acacia Rd
Dates & Times:
04/25/2014 @ 2322 hours
Unit Responsible:
Patrol
(S)uspects, (V)ictims
City of Residence
Age
Victim Bobby Garcia
Santa Paula
28
Officer Preparing Press Release:
Sgt. Ken Clark #1070
Press Release Date:
April 26, 2014
Follow-Up Contact:
Detective Allen Macias
Approved by:
Lieutenant Ismael Cordero #1038

 
Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

On 4-26-2014, the Ventura County Combined Agency Narcotic Task Force (VCAT) concluded a three-month investigation with the seizure over 22 lbs. of high grade heroin and arrest of a Mexican citizen suspected of smuggling the heroin into the United States. The investigation revealed that the heroin was destined for the city of Oxnard.

This investigation was initiated after VCAT investigators learned an individual, identified as Everardo Mayo, was working for a Mexican Drug Trafficking Organization (DTO) and smuggling large quantities of heroin from Mexico to Ventura County, as well as other Southern California areas. On 4-26-2014, VCAT investigators detained Mayo in the City of Paramount, and found he was in possession of over 10 pounds of heroin. Investigators also searched a related residence in the 14900 block of Downey Avenue, Paramount, where Mayo was believed to be storing additional heroin. More than10 pounds of heroin were seized at the residence along with evidence the heroin had recently entered the U.S. Mayo was booked into the Los Angeles County Jail for possessing heroin with the intent to sell and transportation of heroin. His bail is set at $250,000.00. Mayo is scheduled to appear in Los Angeles County Superior Court on 4-29-2014. The 22 lbs. of heroin has a potential street value of approximately two million dollars.

This VCAT investigation was a collaborative effort between the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, the Oxnard Police Department, the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office, and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Nature of Incident: Heroin Seizure
Report Number: 14-9469
Location: Various communities within Ventura County
Date & Time: 4-26-2014 @ 1000 hours
Unit(s) Responsible: Ventura County Combined Agency Narcotic Task Force
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
Everardo Maya Calexico 23
Prepared by: Sergeant Robert Thomas
Media Release Date: 4-28-2014
Follow-Up Contact: Sergeant Robert Thomas - 805-383-8710 robert.thomas@ventura.org
Approved by: Captain Rothschiller

Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime. The caller may remain anonymous. The call is not recorded. Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

 
Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office is providing a valuable resource to the community by setting up disposal bins for the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, which takes place this Saturday, April 26, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The event is a collaborative effort between local law enforcement agencies and the Drug Enforcement Administration to encourage residents to properly get rid of their expired or unused drugs.

The goal is to keep these products out of the hands of children. Many household pharmaceuticals are sold and traded among teenagers, who often help themselves to their parents’ medications. The consequences of medications getting into the wrong hands and being abused can be deadly.

Preventing a tragedy can be as simple as taking your unused or expired medications to any of our substations or headquarters and disposing of them properly. Dry medications should be placed in Ziploc bags, and liquid medications should be in sealed containers.

The following items can be accepted: prescription medications, over-the-counter medications, medication samples, medications for pets, vitamins, medicated ointments/lotions, inhalers, or liquid medication in leak-proof containers.

The following items cannot be accepted: needles (sharps), controlled substances, medical waste, or IV bags.

The locations are:

Ojai Police Department: 402 S. Ventura St. Ojai, Ca.
Fillmore Police Department: 524 Sespe Ave. Fillmore, Ca.
Headquarters Station: 800 S. Victoria Ave. Ventura, Ca.
Camarillo Police Department: 3701 Las Posas Rd. Camarillo, Ca.
Moorpark Police Department: 610 Spring Rd. Moorpark, Ca.
Thousand Oaks Police Department: 2101 E. Olsen Rd. Thousand Oaks, Ca.

During the past four years, several tons of medications have been turned in for proper disposal at police stations throughout the county.

In addition to Saturday’s event, residents can dispose of their medications throughout the year during regular business hours at any of the sheriff substations and police stations in the county.

Nature of Incident: National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day
Location: All Sheriff’s Substations
Date & Time: Apr. 26, 2014 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Prepared by: Sgt. Eric Buschow
Media Release Date: Apr. 24, 2014
Follow-Up Contact: Sgt. Eric Buschow (805)947-8129
eric.buschow@ventura.org
Approved by: Captain Dave Wareham

 
Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

After receiving information of possible methamphetamine sales occurring at a residence in Santa Paula, detectives conducted an investigation resulting in the arrest of two suspects and seizing narcotics.

Narcotics investigators received information from multiple sources that Jose Campos and Chonita “Connie” Castillo were selling methamphetamine from their residence in the 1200 block of East Ventura St, Santa Paula. A subsequent investigation led to the issuance of a search warrant for Campos, the residence and his vehicles.

On April 17, detectives observed Campos and Castillo drive away from their residence. They were detained and the search warrant was served. Campos was found to be in possession of in excess of $5000.00 cash and was also in possession of over one and one half ounces of methamphetamine. The search of the residence and vehicles revealed nearly one half ounce of heroin, another one quarter ounce of methamphetamine, and one half ounce of marijuana.

Campos was arrested for conspiracy to possess methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana for sale, transportation of those substances, and violation of parole. Castillo was also arrested for conspiracy to possess methamphetamine for sale.

Both were booked into the Sheriff’s Main Jail. Campos’ bail was set at $250,000.00, Castillo’s bail was set at $75,000.00.

The West County Street Team is made up of Sheriff’s Office and Santa Paula Police Department narcotics detectives working cooperatively in the investigation of narcotics offenses occurring in the western portion of Ventura County.

Nature of Incident: Narcotics Arrests
Report Number: 14-8777
Location: 1200 block E. Ventura St, Santa Paula
Date & Time: April 17, 2014. 1730 hours
Unit(s) Responsible: Ventura Sheriff’s Narcotics Bureau, West County Street Team and the Santa Paula Police Department
Prepared by: Sergeant Mike Horne
Media Release Date: April 18, 2014
Follow-Up Contact: Sgt. Eric Buschow
805-947-8129
Approved by: Captain Rob Davidson