VENTURA COUNTY — As reported earlier here, when Oxnard Police Department patrol units responded to a “welfare” call to check on an unconscious person slumped over in a local business’ restroom on January 21, 2016, they found 43-year-old Oxnard resident Darren Solis unconscious and unresponsive.
According to Oxnard Police Department spokesman Det. James Langford, “officers began life saving measures,” which eventually proved unfruitful. Following strenuous efforts on the part of responding emergency medical personnel, Solis was pronounced dead at the scene.
The immediately ensuing investigation of the scene indicated that Solis “possibly died from a heroin overdose,” which ultimately led detectives from the Ventura County Narcotics Task Force to identify 42-year-old Camarillo resident Floyd Johnson as the “probable” individual who provided the fatal opiates to Solis.
At the time, however, no criminal charges were filed against Johnson, pending further investigation into the source of the heroin.
Following two months of rigorous investigation by the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department West County Street Team, a case was presented to the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office regarding Johnson’s involvement in the death of Solis, leading to the issuance of an arrest warrant for him on March 29th on charges of manslaughter and “sales of heroin with an enhancement of causing great bodily injury.”
Johnson was contacted by VCSD detectives at his home in the City of Camarillo on the same day and taken into custody without incident. He was transported to Ventura County Jail where he is currently held on $50,000 bail.
Photo: Courtesy Ventura County Jail Booking