Seized drugs on display (VCSD)
VENTURA COUNTY — A six month-long investigation by the Ventura County combined Agency Team, collaborating with Special Agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration, has finally generated impressive results and brought down a major organized drug ring in the city of Oxnard.
According to Ventura County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Det. Sgt. Carlos Macias, in July of 2016, detectives identified Toribio Aros-Osoria, a 34-year-old resident of Oxnard as an active importer of drugs smuggled into the U.S. from Mexico with the help of four other individuals scattered throughout Southern California.
During the course of the investigation, Fontana resident Socorro Leyva-Jiminez, 44, was caught transporting 19 kilograms of cocaine, and is now “suspected of supplying Aros-Osorio” on an ongoing basis.
Another 20 kilograms of cocaine were found in the possession of 28-year-old Anaheim resident Yesenia Ramirez, “suspected of being a narcotics courier” delivering wholesale amounts of the drug to 23-year-old Juan Valle Lopez, a resident of Riverside. Another of Aros-Osorio’s suspected suppliers, Jose Manuel Ruiz, 42 of Reseda, was apprehended as he was making delivery of two kilograms of heroin to Aros-Osorio.
With suspects in custody, detectives served a search warrant on January 26th at the residence of Jose Ruiz being used “as a stash house for narcotics,” resulting in the additional seizure of 47 pounds of methamphetamine, one kilogram of heroin, and a quarter-kilogram of cocaine.
A second search warrant served upon the residence of Aros-Osorio netted an additional ten pounds of methamphetamine.
Aros-Osorio, Leyva-Jiminez, Ramirez, Lopez, and Ruiz were all booked into Ventura County Jail on charges of possession of controlled substances for sale, with the street value of all evidenced seized “estimated to be approximately $6,787,000.
Photos: Courtesy Ventura County Sheriff’s Department