February 18 – Ventura
Ventura County’s Combined Agencies Team, working in concert with the Oxnard Police Department’s Narcotics Unit, arrested Jose Luis Naranjo Heredia, 46, on February 15th on charged of heroin possession for sale.
Heredia’s arrest came after extensive multi-jurisdictional and multi-agency investigation in preceding weeks into the trafficking of heroin sales throughout the city of Oxnard. Once Heredia was identified as a likely suspect, according to Ventura County Sheriff Public Information Officer Sergeant Mike Van Atta, an operating member of the Combined Agencies Team (VCAT), “surveillance provided us an opportunity to make a traffic stop at Hobson and Seventh Streets.” During the traffic stop protocol, patrol units summoned Oxnard Police K-9 officers to the scene, whereupon approximately a half-pound of heroin was located in the suspect vehicle.
Shortly thereafter, with search warrant in hand, narcotics investigators conducted a search of Heredia’s residence which produced nearly four additional pounds of street-grade heroin with an estimated value of $136,000.
VCAT is a multi agency taskforce comprised of investigators from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department, Oxnard Police Department, Ventura County District Attorney’s office and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). In describing the gamut of activities of VCAT to the media, Van Atta reported to the media that “these investigations require various law enforcement techniques, including extensive and protracted surveillance, under-cover and informant activities, and the timely service of search warrants by field officers.”
Heredia is currently held in Ventura County Jail on a no-bail warrant.
Photos: courtesy Ventura County Sheriff; Oxnard Police; DEA
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