Ventura County – Ventura County Sheriff’s Department Public Information Officer Sgt. Victor Fazio provided details of ongoing progress made by the Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit in its efforts to prevent overdose deaths and drug abuse among the younger population due to prescription and illicit drug use in announcing the arrests of a trio of active dealers targeting that demographic.
According to Fazio, George Ramirez, 26, Franciso Ramirez, 38, and Eddy Franco, 22, all residents of Los Angeles County were the targets of search warrants that resulted in their February 17th arrests for possession of cocaine for sale, an inventory that was believed “destined for Ventura County.” In addition to nine ounces of cocaine found pursuant to the service of the search warrants, “several thousand dollars in U.S. currency” as well as numerous stolen motorcycles and myriad stolen motorcycle parts were seized.
Because of their suspected trade in drugs and stolen vehicles across jurisdictional lines, the arrests of the trio was the product of task force collaboration among the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, Simi Valley Police Department, the District Attorney’s Office Bureau of Investigation, and the California Highway Patrol.
All three men were arrested and transported to Ventura County Jail, where they were booked on charges of cocaine sales and vehicular theft, and posed for mug shots that, when assembled, compete for this year’s “Three Stooges Lookalike Award”.
In addition to his involvement in those crimes, George Ramirez was arrested and charged with felony child endangerment “when his three and eight-year old children were found home alone with cocaine accessible to them.” His bail and that of his brother Francisco Ramirez were set at $500,000 each, while Franco’s bail was set at $100,000.
Photos: Courtesy Ventura County Jail Booking
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