Ventura County – The investigation into the activities of those engaged in the sale of controlled substances can often lead to a law enforcement experience akin to finding a loose thread that ultimately leads to unraveling an entire sweater; one thing commonly leads to many others.
That paradigm found its exemplar in the events of August 8th, when, according to Ventura County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Sgt. J. Hendren, Jonathan Barbarine, 22, and Luis Adame, 35, both residents of Oxnard, were arrested on charges of possession of marijuana for sale and for possession of explosive devices.
It all began on August 5th, when members of the Ventura County Narcotics Task Force and the Oxnard Police Department, acting on “information on marijuana sales”, obtained a search warrant which was served upon Barbarine’s residence just as he was walking out of his house. The initial search of Barbarine and the property revealed sufficient evidence to arrest him on the spot for marijuana sales and possession of marijuana for sale.
Rarely leaving stones unturned, however, detectives continued their search of the premises, during which they “located five homemade explosive devices inside a closet,” which were quickly determined to belong to Adame. With the Ventura County Sheriff’s Bomb Unit responding to the scene to remove the devices and render them safe, Adame was arrested for possession of the explosives.
Both Adame and Barbarine were transported to Ventura County Jail and booked on the aforementioned charges, and are now awaiting arraignment.