Here is a summary of recent notable drug investigations conducted by authorities in Ventura County:
Crossbow seized during a narcotics search warrant
Oxnard Police arrested a 51-year-old Ventura man on Friday night after seizing various narcotics and a crossbow while serving a search warrant.
The arrest took place around 8:20 p.m. in Block 40 of South Pacific Avenue in Ventura, authorities said.
In July, Oxnard Police investigated the Ventura man’s alleged involvement in methamphetamine sales within the city limits of Oxnard. Officers learned that the suspect had an outstanding felony warrant and was living at the Ventura Residence.
Detectives served a search warrant on the home with assistance from the Ventura Police Department on Friday, including a police dog, K-9 Deco. Authorities seized several pounds of methamphetamine and an unspecified amount of heroin and fentanyl. Detectives also seized thousands of dollars in cash, a crossbow and arrows, and other evidence.
The suspect was arrested on suspicion of possessing methamphetamine, heroin and fentanyl for sale, along with the pending arrest warrant. He has since been incarcerated in the Ventura County Jail.
A bag of pure fentanyl found in a vehicle
An arrest for selling drugs in Ventura on Friday afternoon would have led to the discovery of a supply of pure fentanyl, a potent synthetic opioid that can be fatal in small doses, authorities said.
The incident took place shortly before 3:30 p.m. in the 1800 block of East Main Street, where officers from the Oxnard Police Department were monitoring the area, the agency reported.
Police saw a 54-year-old woman from Ventura selling drugs on the street. They enlisted the help of officers from the Ventura Police Department to conduct a traffic check on the woman’s vehicle. The woman, who was driving, was on probation with search terms.
Authorities, aided by K-9 Deco, found what they described as a “large amount” of methamphetamine hidden behind a panel inside the car, as well as a bag believed to contain pure fentanyl, according to the Oxnard police account. The woman was arrested on suspicion of drug offenses and held in the county jail.
Fentanyl recently made national news when body camera footage was released showing a San Diego County Sheriff’s Deputy encountering the drug during an arrest last month. The deputy collapsed almost immediately when exposed to the substance and stopped breathing, according to the agency account. Her trainer provided her with an anti-overdose nasal spray containing naloxone until further help arrived.
Thousand Oaks couple arrested in drug trafficking
Thousand Oaks MPs arrested two men on Thursday after a month-long investigation into suspected drug sales, according to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office.
Investigators were told last month of two Thousand Oaks men, aged 56 and 66, who were dealing drugs in the town, prompting detectives to gather evidence of those sales.
At around 5:30 p.m. Thursday, MPs found the suspects in the 2400 block of West Hillcrest Drive. The 66-year-old is said to have had two pounds of methamphetamine, a digital scale and more than $ 3,500 in cash. He was arrested on suspicion of multiple drug offenses. The young man had about an ounce of methamphetamine and half an ounce of cocaine, officials said, and was arrested on suspicion of possession of narcotics for sale.
Jeremy Childs is a news and public safety reporter covering the Ventura County Star night shift. He can be reached by calling 805-437-0208 or by emailing [email protected] You can also find him on Twitter @Jeremy_Childs.