Rival gangs make war in Thousand Oaks

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By Becca Whitnall/ Thousand Oaks Acorn Posted: January 01, 2015 Six people were arrested last week in connection with a Dec. 18 gang fight in Thousand Oaks in which one person was stabbed, according to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office. The department received a call about 6:20 that night reporting that 10 people were fighting […]

6th Suspect Arrested In 2009 Gang-Related Stabbing Death

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CBS Local News October 13, 2014 7:10 PM OXNARD (CBSLA.com) — Officers Monday announced the arrest of a sixth suspect accused in a gang-related 2009 stabbing death. According to the Oxnard Police Department, Francisco Martinez Barrera of Oxnard was arrested Sunday while in custody at the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department. He was facing unrelated firearm […]

Oxnard sting targeted drug-trafficking suspects with Mexican Mafia ties

Oxnard Mexican Mafia sting operation

Melissa MacBride (KABC) | November 20, 2013 OXNARD, Calif. — A slew of arrests were made in Oxnard as a result of a multi-agency operation targeting gang-related drug trafficking with ties to the Mexican Mafia. Search and arrests warrants were served early Wednesday morning, and six people were arrested as part of “Operation Supernova.” This […]

Ventura shooting kills man

East Ramona Street and North Ventura Avenue

Cindy Von Quednow (Ventura County Star) | October 23, 2013 A 24-year-old man was killed Tuesday night in Ventura’s west end in what police say was a gang-related shooting. Leonard Lopez, of Ventura, died at Ventura County Medical Center after the shooting about 9:40 p.m. near the corner of East Ramona Street and North Ventura […]

1 killed, 1 wounded in suspected gang-related shooting in Oxnard

Greenbrook Drive and O'Neill Place shooting

KABC | July 10, 2012 OXNARD, Calif. — One man was killed and another critically injured in a suspected gang-related shooting in Oxnard on Monday. Officers received multiple 911 calls just before 9 p.m. reporting several gunshots fired near Greenbrook Drive and O’Neill Place. When they arrived at the scene, officers found a 19-year-old man […]

Hoodlife DVD Black Mafia Gang (BMG) in Ventura County

Hoodlife DVD $16.95 See All DVDs, Books & Magazines Hoodlife is based on real life events that occur in Oxnard, California in the year of 2006. A gang called Black Mafia Gang (BMG) located in Ventura County gives us a close and in-depth look at how they live as gang members on the streets. These […]

X-ray found drugs hidden in nacho cheese cans, officials say

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Tony Perry (Los Angeles Times) | December 9, 2011 Customs officials said their practice of X-raying suspicious products crossing the U.S.-Mexico border helped them discover illegal drugs that smugglers hid in cans of jalapeno peppers and cheese sauce earlier this week. Officials said the case began when a driver at the San Ysidro border crossing […]

Colonia Chiques gang members arrested on federal drug charges


By Alex A. Alonso Streetgangs.com Staff Writer November 7, 2011 | 11:49 a.m. LOS ANGELES – In what federal authorities are calling Operation “Supernova,” three defendants were arrested last week on federal drug distribution and firearms trafficking charges following an undercover operation in Camarillo, where a Colonia Chiques street gang member, Luis Manuel Tapia, was […]

LULAC report criticizes Oxnard anti-gang efforts


Adam Foxman (Ventura County Star) | August 4, 2011 The League of United Latin American Citizens of Ventura County this week released a report criticizing anti-gang efforts in Oxnard, questioning the way contracts were awarded and the effectiveness of one program, among other things. Several current and former Oxnard officials, however, cited dramatic decreases in […]

Suspect in 2009 Nyeland Acres shooting, sister accused of witness intimidation


Allison Bruce (Ventura County Star) | March 13, 2011 A brother and sister were arrested Friday and Saturday on suspicion of witness intimidation related to a gang-related shooting in December 2009, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department reported. Deputies arrested Valerie Peralta, 24, and Joseph Peralta, 20, both of Oxnard. Joseph Peralta already was at Ventura […]

Fatal stabbing rattles Oxnard neighborhood


Adam Foxman March 15, 2010 An apparent gang-related weekend stabbing in Oxnard that left a music producer dead and two others injured rattled neighbors, who said the area has been historically safe. Residents of the neighborhood next to the Oxnard Adult School’s main campus said Monday that they had noticed an unsettling rise in crimes […]

Gang activity down, Oxnard police say

By Adam Foxman, Ventura County Star Tuesday, May 19, 2009 Gang violence in Oxnard has dropped sharply since police officers and activists ramped up anti-gang efforts in response to a wave of bloodshed in January, authorities said. Gang investigators identified two gang assaults in March and three in April, compared with 11 — including three […]