District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today that Charles Smith aka “Chuck Smith” (DOB 11/17/1949) of Camarillo was sentenced to 180 days in the Ventura County jail and placed on felony probation for three years after pleading guilty to four counts of felony tax evasion. The case against Smith resulted from an investigation by the California Franchise Tax Board (FTB).

The FTB's investigation revealed Smith and his corporation, C&J T-28 Parts Sales Inc. (located at the Camarillo Airport ), failed to file state tax returns from 2000 to 2008. C&J T-28 Parts Sales Inc. failed to report over $10 million of earned income, and Smith failed to report over $1.8 million in personal earned income.

Smith avoided a lengthy prison sentence by filing his delinquent personal and corporate state tax returns, and paying the FTB $313,764 in restitution, prior to his sentencing hearing. The $313,764 consisted of back taxes, interest, penalty assessments, and the costs of the FTB's investigation. Smith also had to pay the Ventura County District Attorney's Office $4,419 for the costs of prosecuting the case.

According the FTB, the failure to file income tax returns is part of the $6.5 billion tax gap California faces each year. The tax gap is defined as the difference between the tax that is owed and the tax that is actually paid.

 


 
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Arnold Schwarzenegger
California State Governor

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today issued the following statement regarding the death of California Highway Patrol (CHP) Officer Justin McGrory of Victorville, CA:

“Maria and I were deeply saddened to learn of the tragic death of CHP Officer Justin McGrory. He was selfless and dedicated, and committed his life to protecting the safety of all Californians. We extend our thoughts and prayers to Justin’s family, loved ones, and the entire Victorville community as they mourn the loss of a father, son and outstanding officer.”

Officer McGrory, 28, died June 27, after succumbing to injuries sustained when he was struck by a vehicle during a traffic stop. He is survived by his wife, Kelly, and their three children.

In honor of Officer McGrory, Capitol flags will be flown at half-staff.

 


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

After investigating a shooting that occurred on 4-30-10 in the unincorporated area of El Rio, the Sheriff’s Gang Unit arrested two suspects yesterday, 6-25-10, for Assault With a Deadly Weapon and Street Terrorism. The two suspects are believed to belong to a local street gang.

On 4-30-2010, at about 3:45 P.M., four victims were walking near the intersection of Vineyard Ave. and Forest Park Blvd. in the unincorporated area of El Rio. While walking, a vehicle occupied by two males passed them. The two males flashed gang signs at the victims and asked them where they were from. The victims believed they were about to be assaulted and ran to Orange Drive. The two males drove after the four victims and caught up to them as they entered a residence in the 100 block of Orange Drive. As the suspect vehicle passed the residence, the suspects fired one round at the victims.

Patrol deputies and investigators from the Sheriff’s Gang Unit responded to the scene and were able to recover a shell casing and speak with several witnesses. Over the next week, gang investigators collected enough evidence to identity the driver of the vehicle as Daniel Magana.

On 5-10-2010, investigators from the Gang Unit served a search warrant at Magana’s residence in the 2600 block of Colonia Ave. Items recovered from the residence, as well as additional information obtained over the next several weeks, led investigators to identify the second subject as Andrew Robles.

On 6-26-10, investigators arrested Robles and Magana for Assault With a Deadly Weapon and Street Terrorism. Investigators served a search warrant at Robles’ residence and recovered a Mac 12 type machine pistol. Investigators are waiting on the analysis of the firearm to determine if it was used in the shooting.

Robles remains in custody on $100,000 bail. Magana remains in custody on $200,000 bail.

RB#: 10-10331

Location: 100 Block of Orange Drive, El Rio

Date: 4-30-2010

Unit Responsible: Sheriff’s Gang Unit

(S)uspects Charge City of Residence Age
Daniel Magana Assault with Deadly Weapon Oxnard 19
Street Terrorism
Andrew Robles Assault with Deadly Weapon Oxnard 21
Street Terrorism

Officer Preparing Release: Sgt. Bill Schierman

Follow-up Contact: Sgt. Bill Schierman 654-2856

Date of Release: 6-26-2010

 


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

On June 25, 2010, at about 3:30 a.m., Camarillo deputies responded to the 800 block of Calle Portilla for a report of suspicious subjects dressed in black.

Upon the deputies’ arrival, the suspects fled on foot. One suspect was seen jumping a fence into a backyard. Deputies subsequently discovered the suspects were stealing items from unlocked cars. They requested the assistance of a K-9 unit and began searching for the suspects.

At about 4:50 a.m., with the assistance of the K-9, one suspect, Mark Gonzales, was located lying in a cement planter in the 500 block of Calle Castano. There was also a backpack found near Gonzales that contained a stolen handgun. Deputies consequently requested the assistance of the Sheriff’s helicopter.

At about 5:45 a.m., a second suspect, Michael Dryer, was located while hiding in a shed in the 1600 block of Calle Del Manzano. Dryer was found wearing only his underwear. He was uncooperative and would not comply with the deputy’s directions and suffered a minor dog bite.

At about 6:55 a.m., the third suspect, Aaron Morua was located in the 800 block of Sausalito. Morua was found in possession of a backpack that contained a loaded handgun.

All three suspects were booked at the Ventura County Main Jail for conspiracy to commit a crime, possession of burglary tools, possession of stolen property, and carrying a concealed firearm. Bail was set at $50,000.00. The investigation is ongoing.

Location: Camarillo
Date & Time: June 25, 2010

(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (W)itnesses, (P)arties Age
(S1) Aaron Morua, Oxnard Resident 22 Years
(S2) Michael Dryer, Santa Paula Resident 18 Years
(S3) Mark Gonzales, Santa Paula Resident 21 Years

Officer Preparing Release: Sergeant J. Devorick
Follow-up Contact: Sergeant J. Devorick (805) 388-5133
Approved By: Captain Monica McGrath

 


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

On 06-25-10, deputies from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department Ojai Valley Station responded to a report of an indecent exposure. The initial investigation revealed a male suspect had exposed himself to three children in the greenbelt area adjacent to Pegusas Street and Silver Spur Street, in Miramonte. The three female victims were ages 8, 12, and 12. The suspect also solicited one of the 12 year old victims during the indecent exposure. Independent witnesses saw the suspect get into a silver VW Jetta station wagon and leave the area.

The investigating deputy immediately radioed a suspect broadcast for the other deputies searching the area. Within minutes, deputies spotted the VW northbound on Ojai Avenue coming from the Miramonte area. Deputies confirmed the driver of the VW, Brandon Torres (age 26), was the same suspect from the Miramonte incident. Torres was arrested and later booked at the county jail for felony charges of Penal Code 314.1 / Indecent Exposure with a Prior Conviction and Penal Code 646.7 / Child Annoying with a Prior Conviction. Torres’ bail was set at 60,000.00.

Officer Preparing Release: Sgt. Randy Watkins
Follow-up Contact: Sgt. Maureen Hookstra , Ojai Valley Station (805) 646-1414

 
Murat Aksu, age 32 of Ventura
Murat Aksu, age 32 of Ventura
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On June 18, 2010, Sheriff’s Deputies working at the Ventura County Courthouse were notified by other Government Center employees that a man on the grounds was acting suspiciously. Deputies began looking for the person and eventually found the suspect, 32-year-old Murat Aksu. During the course of the investigation, it was determined that Aksu was secretly videotaping under women’s skirts as they walked to and from the Government Center Complex without their knowledge by use of a miniature video camera hidden in a briefcase. Aksu engaged his victims in conversation while the videotaping was occurring.

During the investigation, investigators seized video evidence supporting the allegations. Other information indicates that Aksu had been walking around the complex wearing a government I.D. around his neck giving him an official appearance. Information from witnesses indicates that Aksu may have been periodically conducting this activity from as early as February 2010. Anyone who may have witnessed or been victimized by this activity is encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s Major Crime Unit at 805‐477‐7000.

Aksu was arrested on June 18th for using a concealed camera to secretly videotape another and was booked at the Pre-Trial Detention Facility. He was released on June 19th after posting a $10,000 bond.

Location: Ventura County Government Center, 800 S. Victoria Ave., Ventura CA
Date: June 18, 2010
Unit Responsible: Ventura County Sheriff’s Major Crimes Bureau
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (Witnesses) Age City of Residence
(S) Murat Aksu 32 Ventura

Officer Preparing Release: Captain Ross Bonfiglio, Sheriff’s PIO (805) 654-2417
vcsd.media@ventura.org
Follow-up Contact: Captain Ross Bonfiglio, Sheriff’s PIO (805) 654-2417
vcsd.media@ventura.org
Date of Release: June 25, 2010

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

On Wednesday, June 23rd, the Thousand Oaks Police Department’s Traffic Bureau conducted a pedestrian safety enforcement operation at the intersection of Thousand Oaks Boulevard and Oak View Drive. At this intersection, there is a clearly marked crosswalk designed to allow pedestrians to safely cross Thousand Oaks Boulevard.

Three Traffic Bureau employees dressed in civilian clothes were used to walk back and forth in the crosswalk during a two-hour period. Motorcycle officers assigned to the Traffic Bureau monitored the crosswalk for motorists failing to yield to the pedestrians. During this time period, thirty-one (31) failure to yield violations were observed. All of the drivers who committed the violations were stopped and issued citations. Additionally, one of those drivers was an unlicensed driver. That driver was also issued a citation for driving without a license and his car was towed.

Due to the high number of violations observed during this time period, the Traffic Bureau will continue conducting pedestrian enforcement operations at various locations throughout the City.

The Thousand Oaks Police Department would like to take this opportunity to remind drivers to pay attention while driving near crosswalks and to actively look for pedestrians crossing the street. Additionally, pedestrians are urged to always use crosswalks and to continuously scan the roadway in both directions for cars that are approaching and not slowing down or stopping.

Location: Thousand Oaks Boulevard @ Oak View Drive
Date & Time: June 23, 2010 / 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.
Unit Responsible: Thousand Oaks Traffic Bureau

Officer Preparing Release: Sgt. Rick Harwood
Follow-up Contact: Sgt. Rick Harwood (805) 494-8271
Date of Release: 6/24/2010
Approved by: Capt. Bill Ayub

 
Location: 2000 block of Jose Ave, Camarillo, CA 93010
Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

On 6/17/10, at 8:07 A.M. an observant citizen notified the Camarillo Police Department of a subject walking on Jose Ave who stopped and sat down on the curb in front of his residence. When the citizen went to speak to the subject, the subject ran and hid from the citizen.

Deputies responded and contacted the male subject. While speaking with him, he was suspected to be under the influence of a controlled substance. A records check was conducted and he was identified as Kevin Castillo, 19 yrs old with an active arrest warrant issued out of Los Angeles County. As Castillo was about to be arrested, he ran from the deputies. Castillo ran into the backyard of a residence on Ciprian Avenue. Responding deputies set up a perimeter. A Ventura County Sheriff’s Department K-9 and helicopter assisted with the search.

Deputies located Castillo in the back yard of a residence in the 1900 block of Ciprian Avenue. Kevin Castillo, a resident of Los Angeles, was arrested and booked at the Pre-Trial Detention Facility for Obstruction / Resisting Arrest and Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance.

While deputies were searching for Kevin, two of his acquaintances were detained and later arrested for various narcotics charges: James Williams, 34 years and Jenny Paslay, 29 years. Both Williams and Paslay are Camarillo residents.

Date: June 17th, 2010, 8:07 A.M.
Officer Preparing Release: Senior Deputy Sean Britt
Follow-up Contact: Senior Deputy Mario Aguilar #388-5119
Approved By: Captain Monica McGrath

 
Location: Ojai, Ca.
Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

On June 1, 2010, Sheriff’s Narcotic Investigators took up surveillance at Libby Park in Ojai after receiving several reports of drug sales. Soon after arriving at the park, detectives observed Sangster involved in a drug transaction. Jaramillo and Lara were present along with 3 juvenile males. Additional transactions were observed and detectives contacted the group. Sangster was arrested for furnishing narcotics to a minor, possession of a controlled substance for sale, sale of a controlled substance, and furnishing narcotics in a public park. Lara was arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance. Jaramillo was arrested for possession of hashish. The juveniles were arrested drug related charges. All subjects were additionally arrested for being present at a location where drugs are used. The adults were booked into the Main Jail for the listed charges. The juveniles were cited and released to their parents.

Date: June 1, 2010
Unit Responsible: Special Services Bureau / Narcotics Unit
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (W)itnesses City of residence Age
Ian Sangster Ojai 19
Johnny Jaramillo Ojai 18
Jesse Lara Ojai 19

Officer Preparing Release: Sergeant Mike Horne
Follow-up Contact: Sergeant Mike Horne / (805) 383-8700
Approved by: Captain Dave Murray

 
Local 7-Eleven Stores Work with T.O. Deputies to Issue Coupons to Kids for Good Deeds
Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

The Thousand Oaks Police Department is teaming up with 7-Eleven to reward kids for doing good deeds in the community. Deputies are rewarding children who do something helpful, practice safety, or deter crime in the community. Youngsters recognized by the police will receive coupons good for a small slurpee that can be redeemed at participating Ventura County 7-Eleven stores. The program, which is designed to promote good citizenship, is in effect for the summer and back-to-school months through December 31, 2010.

Since the program's inception in 1995, more than 10 million Operation Chill coupons have been distributed to hundreds of law enforcement agencies across the country in the areas where 7-Eleven operates stores. The Thousand Oaks Police Department began utilizing the Operation Chill program in 2008 to reward youth for their good deeds, as well as enhance their relations with the young citizens of Thousand Oaks.

In addition to rewarding good behavior by youth, Operation Chill offers opportunities for deputies to interface with youngsters in non-law-enforcement situations. Deputies use the coupons to reward kids for wearing bicycle helmets, doing good deeds, participating in community activities and organizations, picking up trash, deterring crime, or observing school crossing rules.

Operation Chill was developed by 7-Eleven to positively reward and encourage good behavior by kids during the hot summer months when there is often an increase in loitering, shoplifting and graffiti, and to support law enforcement agencies' community relations projects. The success and popularity of Operation Chill has resulted in the program being extended beyond the summer months for local law enforcement officers to use during the school year as well.

Thousand Oaks, CA Date & Time June 16, 2010 Unit Responsible: Thousand Oaks Police Department
Officer Preparing Release: Sgt. Don Aguilar
Follow-up Contact: Sgt. Don Aguilar (805) 797-7349
Date of Release: 6-16-10
Approved By: Captain Bill Ayub

 
Cities of Ventura and Oxnard
Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

On 6/15/2010, Sex Crimes Detectives from the Major Crimes Bureau of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department located and arrested two sex offenders for a violation of Section 290 of the California Penal Code, which requires persons convicted of specified sexual assault cases to register with the agency in whose jurisdiction they reside. The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department actively investigates and pursues individuals who violate the terms of their registration.

Sheriff’s detectives had received information that Frederic Koerner, a convicted sex offender, was allegedly in violation of the terms of his registration. Koerner had been registered as a transient with the Sheriff's Department with no residential address given; however, an investigation disclosed that he had established residence in a motor home in the rear of a church in Ventura and had been paying rent to the church for the last two years. Koerner was located and arrested in the parking lot of the church in Ventura.

Candido, also known as Rafael Zetino, was convicted of a sex crime in 1996 and deported to El Salvador in 2000. He subsequently returned to Ventura County and registered as a convicted sex offender with the Sheriff’s Department in 2002. In 2004, he discontinued registration and his whereabouts were unknown. An investigation by sheriff’s detectives determined that he had been working and residing in Oxnard. Candido was arrested at his residence while attempting to hide from detectives in a tree in the backyard.

Sheriff's Department detectives actively conduct investigations to verify the residential information provided by convicted sex registrants. Additionally, probation and/or parole searches are also conducted periodically. During a recent sweep, a parolee, William Inscoe, was arrested for an unrelated violation of his parole terms and booked into the Pre-Trial Detention Facility. A second registrant was found to be in violation of the registration process. An investigation into that violation(s) is continuing.

Date & Time: June 15, 2010
Unit Responsible: Ventura County Sheriff’s Department, Major Crimes Bureau—Sexual Assault Unit
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (Witnesses) Age City of Residence
(S) Frederic Koerner 76 Ventura
(S) Rafael Candido 45 Oxnard

Officer Preparing Release: Sgt. Tim Waite
Detective, Special Services - Major Crimes Bureau / Sexual Assault Unit
tim.waite@ventura.org
Follow-up Contact: Captain Rick Barrios, Major Crimes Bureau, (805) 477-7015, rick.barrios@ventura.org
Approved by: Captain Rick Barrios
Date of Release: June 16, 2010

 
Various Locations in Thousand Oaks
Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

A 17-year-old juvenile was arrested for a residential burglary after he stole the homeowner’s vehicle and led police on a high-speed pursuit, which ended in the Saticoy area. Detectives with the East Valley Investigations Unit conducted a follow-up investigation and linked the juvenile and a second suspect, Daniel Bello, to a residential burglary which occurred on 05-26-10, in the 500 block of Calle Arroyo, Thousand Oaks. The suspects were also connected to at least five separate residential burglaries in the City of Thousand Oaks, City of Camarillo, and the City of Ventura. The juvenile was arrested for residential burglary and vehicle theft and booked at Juvenile Hall. Bello was arrested during a traffic stop in the city of Ventura after a search warrant was executed at his residence. Bello was booked at the East Valley Sheriff’s Station for 3 counts of residential burglary and 2 counts of grand theft auto. He is currently in custody with a bail set at $50,000.

Residents are reminded to be pro-active in utilizing safes within their homes to secure valuables. The Sheriff’s Department would also like to remind residents to remove valuables from their vehicles and ensure their vehicles are secured. During a recent rash of vehicle burglaries in the Oak Park area, victims were targeted for leaving valuables inside their vehicle over night.

Date & Time/ RB#: June 03, 2010 / 3:30 pm

Unit Responsible: East County Investigations Unit

(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (W)itnesses Address Age
Bello, Daniel Vega Ventura 18
Male Juvenile Ventura 17

Officer Preparing Release: Detective Russell King
Follow-up Contact: Detective Russell King / 805-494-8224
Date of Release: 06-15-10
Approved By: Captain Bruce Watlington

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

On 6-6-2010, Ventura County Sheriff narcotic investigators along with members of the City of Thousand Oaks Police Department’s Special Enforcement Unit concluded a month long investigation into an illegal marijuana delivery service operating in the City of Thousand Oaks. Investigators learned Fabian Citraro and his wife Amanda were the owners of “Mary Jane’s Bud” located in the 3500 block of Old Conejo Road in the City of Thousand Oaks. Investigators obtained search warrants for four locations associated with the illegal marijuana sales operation. Two locations were in a business complex in the 3400 block of Old Conejo Road. These two locations were determined to be sites where marijuana plants were being cultivated. The third location was housed in the 3500 block of Old Conejo Road where a central dispatch center took marijuana orders either by telephone or by the Internet. The dispatcher at the center would fill the requested orders and multiple drivers would deliver the marijuana to the customers’ doorsteps. Investigators also served a search warrant at the couple’s residence in the 20 block of Teardrop Court, Thousand Oaks. Investigators found marijuana converted to food products in the refrigerator at the residence. Small children had easy access to this marijuana in the refrigerator. Therefore, investigators are pursuing child endangerment charges on the couple. The couple was booked into the Ventura County Sheriff’s Pre-Trial Detention Facility and are scheduled to appear in Ventura County Superior Court on July 6, 2010.

Location:
20 Block of Teardrop Court, Thousand Oaks
3475 Old Conejo Road, Thousand Oaks
3533 Old Conejo Road, Thousand Oaks
Date & Time/ RB#:
06-06-2010
Unit Responsible:
Ventura County Sheriff’s Department East County Narcotics Street Team- City of Thousand Oaks Police Department’s Special Enforcement Unit
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (W)itnesses City of residence Age
Fabian Citraro Thousand Oaks 32
Amanda Citraro Thousand Oaks 30

Officer Preparing Release:
Sgt. Robert Thomas
Follow-up Contact:
Sgt. Robert Thomas (805) 383-8710 or robert.thomas@ventura.org
Date of Release:
June 14, 2010
Approved By:
Captain Dave Murray

 

On Sunday 06/13/10, at approximately 1300 hours, the Santa Paula Police Department received an anonymous tip of a person conducting drug sales at a residence in the 700 Block of Sheffield Drive. Upon further investigation of the residence, it was discovered one of the occupants, Gabriel Osuna, 18 years, was on probation for possession of marijuana for sales. Santa Paula Officers conducted a probation search of Osuna and his residence and located over 3.5 pounds of Marijuana, over $4500 in cash, misc packaging and scales.
Osuna was transported to the Ventura County Jail on the charges of possession of marijuana for sales and possession of a controlled substance. Because of the vigilance of the Citizens in the community, arrests like these are possible.

Kenneth Clark #1070
Senior Police Officer

 
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Arnold Schwarzenegger
California State Governor

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today released the following statement regarding the death of California Highway Patrol (CHP) Officer Thomas Coleman of Fontana, CA:

“Officer Thomas Coleman committed his life to protecting the safety of the people of California. He was an outstanding officer who demonstrated his dedication and selflessness through his hard work in the line of duty. On behalf of all Californians, Maria and I extend our deepest sympathies to Thomas’ family and loved ones during this very difficult time.”

Officer Coleman, 33, died June 11, as a result of fatal injuries sustained in a collision while responding to an emergency incident. Officer Coleman is survived by his wife, Jamie Jean Coleman; son Ryan Joseph Coleman, age two years old; daughter Shaylen Marie Coleman, age eleven months; mother Janice Womack; and sister Kathleen Pool.

In honor of Officer Coleman, Capitol flags will be flown at half-staff.

 
13000 Block of Canyonwood Court, Moorpark, CA
Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

At approximately 11:30 A.M., a male subject knocked on the door of a Mooorpark residence. When the resident did not answer the door, the subject tried to enter the home through a window. When Moorpark Police arrived in the area, the victim and a neighbor described three suspects, two of whom were seen running from the residence. While responding to the call, a Moorpark detective observed one of the suspects run across Tierra Rejada Road and climb a block wall into the Christian Barrett residential area.

Deputies from the Moorpark Police Department conducted a door to door search of the residential area with the assistance of three K-9’s and an air unit.

Through the use of Reverse 911 and the cooperation of neighbors and law enforcement personnel, all suspects were taken into custody.

Date & Time/ RB#: Friday, June 11, 2010 11:30 A.M. RB# 10-14104

Unit Responsible: Moorpark Police

(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (W)itnesses Address Age
(S) Coleman, Dennis Los Angeles 31
(S) Fuller, Anthony Pomona 27
(S) Jones, William Los Angeles 34

Officer Preparing Release: Senior Deputy Robert Berger #2468

Follow-up Contact: Senior Deputy Robert Berger #2468 (805) 532-2707

Date of Release: Friday, June 11, 2010 4:45 P.M

Approved By: Captain Ron Nelson

 
the Largest Coordinated U.S. Law Enforcement Strike Against Mexican-based Drug Trafficking Organizations to date
Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

On Wednesday, June 9, 2010, narcotics officers from the Ventura County Combined Agency Team (VCAT) participated in Project Deliverance, a coordinated nationwide strike against Mexican-based drug trafficking organizations (DTOs) operating within the United States. These organizations bring violence and large quantities of dangerous drugs into our local communities. The early morning raids associated with Project Deliverance took place in several locations across the U.S., including in Ventura County.

A total of 12 search warrants were served and 12 suspects were arrested at several locations in Ventura, Los Angeles, and Riverside counties. For this operation alone, the seizures included 28.2 pounds of heroin, 15 pounds of methamphetamine, three handguns, and several thousand dollars in cash. Additionally, six drug endangered children were taken into protective custody.

VCAT’s involvement related to Mexican-based DTOs began with a street level investigation in December 2006. To date, the total amount of illicit drugs seized includes 620 pounds of heroin (a record amount) and 102 pounds of methamphetamine. The June 9th seizures are part of a larger ongoing VCAT operation that includes disrupting the heroin distribution ring associated with drug kingpin Jose Antonio Medina, also known as “Don Pepe.” Medina was recently arrested by Mexican officials on March 24 of this year.

VCAT is a countywide grant-supported narcotics enforcement team that was established in 1999. It is currently comprised of members of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department, Ventura County District Attorney’s Office, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Oxnard Police Department, and Simi Valley Police Department. VCAT also works closely with other state and federal agencies such as BNE (Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement), the FBI, and ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement).

Location: Various Locations in Ventura, Los Angeles, and Riverside Counties
Date & Time: June 9, 2010
Agencies Responsible: VCAT, Downey PD, CHP, DEA, LA HIDTA, LA IMPACT, and FBI

Suspects Age City of Residence
Petra Rocha Duran Cabrera 46 Moreno Valley
Emilio Delgado 43 Whittier
Jose Luis Lopez 56 Maywood
Angela Orozco-Torres 41 Compton
Leonardo Davila 26 Los Angeles
Salvador Godinez 42 Lynwood
Joaquin Verduzco 66 Lynwood
Fernando Sicairos 60 Los Angeles
Robert Rodriguez 30 El Monte
Jorge Arrellano Valdez 26 Oxnard
Maria Esmeralda Peneloza De Medina 25 Oxnard
Paulino Vargas 22 Oxnard

Officer Preparing Release: Captain Ross Bonfiglio, Sheriff’s PIO (805) 654-2417
vcsd.media@ventura.org
Follow-up Contact: Captain Ross Bonfiglio, Sheriff’s PIO (805) 654-2417
vcsd.media@ventura.org
Approved By: Captain O’Hanlon
Date of Release: June 10, 2010

 
Location: 200 Block of Mobil Avenue, Camarillo
Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

On 6-7-2010, at approximately 6:30 p.m., Sheriff’s Dispatch received several 9-1-1 calls reporting 2-3 shots fired in the 200 block of Mobil Avenue in Camarillo. Witnesses reported seeing the suspect fire a handgun at an occupied vehicle that left the area. Deputies from the Camarillo Police Department responded and were on scene within a few minutes. In addition, several K9 units and the Sheriff’s Air Unit assisted as the suspect, still armed with a handgun, had fled the scene on foot.

A short time later, the suspect was located in a drainage ditch and taken into custody a few blocks away. Deputies recovered a handgun along with shell casings that were located near where the initial call was reported. At this time, no injuries have been reported and the investigation is continuing. The suspect was booked at the Juvenile Justice Center in Oxnard on an assault with a deadly weapon charge.

The Camarillo Police Department is asking anyone with information who may have witnessed this crime to contact either Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS (8477) or the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department at (805) 654-9511.

Date & Time: June 7, 2010 @ 6:30 p.m.
Unit Responsible: Camarillo Police Department Investigations Bureau
Arrestees: Male Juvenile Resident of: Camarillo Age: 17 years
Officer Preparing Release: Senior Deputy Julie Novak, PIO, 805-947-6648
Follow-up Contact: Senior Deputy Julie Novak, PIO, 805-947-6648
Approved By: Captain Dave Murray

 
Various Locations in the City of Moorpark
Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

The Moorpark Special Enforcement / Gang Unit has been conducting an ongoing investigation in reference to multiple graffiti vandalisms over the course of many months. The vandals used spray paint, markers, and etching tools to vandalize several areas throughout Moorpark, including Arroyo Vista Park, Poindexter Park, Flory School, and Moorpark High School. Possible suspects were identified and several probation searches were conducted on 6-04-2010 and 6-05-2010. Evidence linking the suspects to the graffiti vandalisms, which date back to 1-2-2009, was discovered.

Four juveniles were arrested, three of which were lodged at Juvenile Hall. Based on evidence obtained during the probation searches, and interviews with the suspects, the Moorpark Special Enforcement / Gang Unit cleared 22 felony vandalism cases and five misdemeanor vandalism cases. The four juveniles were responsible for over $47,000 worth of damage to the city of Moorpark and various businesses.

Unit Responsible: Moorpark Special Enforcement / Gang Unit
Officer Preparing Release: Detective Erik Roe
Follow-up Contact: Detective Erik Roe (805) 532-2645
Date of Release: June 7, 2010

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

On 6-4-2010, a School Resource Officer (SRO) assigned to Westlake High School received information that several students were possessing and selling Xanax, marijuana, cocaine and vicodin at the high school. The SRO conducted an intense investigation and discovered approximately eleven students were involved in the possession/sales of the aforementioned drugs. In addition, the SRO was able to identify an 18-year-old male who was responsible for selling some of the drugs to students at the high school. This 18-year-old suspect is not a student at Westlake High School. The SRO contacted Sheriff’s narcotic investigators who responded to the high school to assist in the investigation. A subsequent surveillance was conducted on the male suspect. A traffic stop was conducted on the suspect and approximately one quarter-pound of marijuana packaged for sale was located in the vehicle. A search warrant was obtained for the suspect’s residence in the 4100 block of Lemonberry Pl, Thousand Oaks. A sophisticated indoor marijuana grow operation was located in the suspect’s residence along with a rifle and ammunition. There were approximately 100 marijuana plants inside the suspect’s residence. The suspect admitted to selling marijuana and Xanax to some of the Westlake High School students who were interviewed earlier by the SRO.

The suspect’s name was omitted due to the on-going investigation where additional arrests and seizures are expected.

Location: Westlake High School, City of Thousand Oaks
Date & Time/ RB#: 6-4-2010
Unit Responsible: City of Thousand Oaks Police Department’s Crime Prevention Unit-School Resource Officer and Ventura County Sheriff’s Department Narcotic Unit.
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (W)itnesses City of residence Age
Male Adult Thousand Oaks 18

Officer Preparing Release: Sgt. Robert Thomas
Follow-up Contact: Sgt. Robert Thomas (805) 383-8710
Date of Release: June 5, 2010
Approved By: Captain O’Hanlon

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).