Ventura County – The Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit, composed of representatives from the Simi Valley Police Department, the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office Bureau of Investigation, and the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department, continues to make inroads into the illegal prescription medication traffic plaguing the county.
According to VCSD Public Information Officer Sgt. Victor Fazio, the traffic of Molly, steroids, and cocaine into the Thousand Oaks and Simi Valley communities has been under intense investigative scrutiny of late, and has resulted in the arrest of Victor Pinto, 45, a Los Angeles resident. Pinto “had over a half pound of Molly on his person” at the time of his arrest, Fazio reported.
Molly, as Fazio described in his report to the media, “may represent any number of Ecstasy type drugs currently on the illicit market,” indicating that it is akin to Ecstasy in that it creates “a eupohoric high similar to other illegal stimulants.”
Pinto’s apprehension came pursuant to a month-long investigation and surveillance effort, wherein a search warrant targeting Pinto’s San Fernando Valley residence was obtained. Pursuant to Pinto’s arrest and the evidence of his possession of molly, the search warrant was executed upon his residence, where “a half-pound of cocaine, another twenty ounces of molly, and a large amount of steroids” were discovered, along with more than $50,000 in cash and assorted luxury motor vehicles “all believed to be derivative of drug sales.”
Pinto was transported from the Los Angeles scene of his arrest to Ventura County Jail where he was booked on multiple drug violations with his bail set at $500,000.
Photo: Courtesy Ventura County Jail Booking
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