Panga boat found on Ventura County beach; 9 arrested

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Hanna Chu (KABC) | January 8, 2013 VENTURA, Calif. — Nine people were arrested Wednesday after a suspected drug smuggling boat was found on a Ventura County beach. Authorities say a deputy patrolling Rincon Beach spotted a panga boat at about 3 a.m. between Seacliff and Mussel Shoals. A search was launched to find any [...]

Gang Members from Ventura County linked to Mexican Mafia charged for Drug Trafficking

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Streetgangs.com Staff Writer November 20, 2013 | 2:55 p.m. PST Operation “SuperNova” is Targeting Gang-Related Drug Trafficking LOS ANGELES – In the third phase of Operation “SuperNova,” a multi-agency task force investigation has charged 17 people following an investigation by a task force comprised of the FBI; the Ventura Police Department and the Oxnard Police [...]

Oxnard streets are getting safer

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Shane Cohn (Ventura County Star) | July 13, 2012 The City of Oxnard gang injunction seems to be working. On Monday, July 10, the Oxnard Police Department and the Ventura County District Attorney’s office announced the removal of 81 named individuals from the city’s gang injunction lists. The gang injunctions (civil lawsuits against gangs and [...]

3 arrests in Ventura County street gang probe

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KABC | October 27, 2011 CAMARILLO, Calif. — Three people were arrested Tuesday during an ongoing investigation into Ventura County’s largest street gang, officials said. Luis Manuel Tapia, 35, Diana Sophia Zamora, 23, and Edgar Rafael Aguilar, 29, were arrested on federal drug distribution and firearms trafficking charges. The bust was part of the second [...]

LULAC report criticizes Oxnard anti-gang efforts

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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 [...]

10 arrested in connection with gang violence

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John Scheibe (Ventura County Star) | June 14, 2011 Ventura County sheriff’s investigators said they arrested 10 suspects over the past three months after an investigation that centered on several shootings in the unincorporated part of Saticoy. Most of the shootings went unreported, deputies said, and were not discovered until deputies began canvassing the neighborhoods [...]

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

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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 [...]

Ventura County probe leads to arrest of alleged Mexican drug kingpin

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By Steve Chawkins (LA Times) March 30, 2010 Authorities in Ventura County on Monday said the arrest of an alleged heroin kingpin in Mexico was triggered by a local investigation that has made a significant dent in the area drug market. Described by Mexican officials as “the king of heroin,” Jose Antonio Medina Arreguin, 36, [...]

Cops: Dad Killed His 2 Kids, Then ODed

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by Gigi Graciette (Associated Press) September 17, 2009 Thousand Oaks – A man described by neighbors as a devoted father stabbed to death his two children and then killed himself with a drug overdose in the midst of a custody battle, Ventura County authorities said Thursday. Their mother found Jennifer Mulvaney, 7, and Jason Mulvaney, [...]

3 California counties will check immigration status as inmates enter jail

The effort is part of a national program to run the inmates’ fingerprints through federal databases. Illegal immigrants may then be deported after being convicted and serving their sentences. By Anna Gorman, Los Angeles Times May 14, 2009 Los Angeles, Ventura and San Diego will become the first counties in California to begin checking the [...]

Retired cop on a quest to make Simi Valley gang-proof

By Douglas Morino, Staff Writer Article Last Updated: 07/10/2008 10:47:03 PM PDT   SIMI VALLEY – For years, this Ventura County city just over the hill from the San Fernando Valley has prided itself on peaceful streets, safe schools and a noticeable lack of gangs, despite being so close to Los Angeles. And Danny Mastro wants [...]

Drug trafficking ring busted by Ventura County-led task force

Multi-agency effort nabs heroin and methamphetamine probably intended for users in L.A. region. By Catherine Saillant, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer April 4, 2008 A two-year investigation netted one of the state’s largest heroin seizures and disrupted a sophisticated, mid-level distribution network operating in Ventura and Los Angeles counties, officials with a Ventura County drug [...]

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