Ventura County – The word has undoubtedly spread like wildfire throughout the Ventura County communities of Piru and Fillmore that with a friend like Pedro Tello, you truly don’t need enemies.
That would be a reasonable opinion in the minds of Jose Martin Herrera, 25, Steven Cheveste, 33, Frank Villa, 33, Martin Gaspar, 24, and Natane Chapman, 22, who all had the bad luck to be hanging out with Tello, 23, at his Piru residence when Ventura County Sheriff’s Deputies showed up early in the morning of March 18th.
The purpose of the sunrise visit by law enforcement was initially only to serve an arrest warrant on Tello but, according to Ventura County Sheriff spokesman Sgt. Eric Buschow, “as they arrived at the house, the deputies noticed a structure at the back of the residence.” Inquisitive as member of the law enforcement community so often are, the deputies made a wake-up call on the structure and discovered a gaggle of “known Fillmore gang members”, each of whom just happened to be on various protocols attendant to felony probation.
Three of those encountered, apparently not as sleepy as the others at the early hour, attempted to flee, but they were quickly corralled and taken into custody.
Once those outside were properly managed, Deputies then conducted a search of the primary residence, where Mr. Tello had attempted to hide. The attempt failed as he was quickly arrested on his outstanding warrant and stood by in what one can only presume was a state of ignominy as Deputies then located a pair of loaded firearms, assorted drug paraphernalia, 19 grams of methamphetamine, and a small amount of marijuana.
All six were arrested on mulitple drug, weapons, and probation violation charges and were transported to Ventura County Jail for booking where they remain on “no bail” holds.
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