Ventura County – The routine workday of a uniformed cop is anything but “routine.” This eternal verity was once again demonstrated at dusk on April 22nd in the City of Oxnard when, while on routine patrol, a Ventura County Sheriff’s Department deputy working a traffic detail pulled a BMW over for a standard traffic violation.
It wasn’t long before the deputy found himself face-to-face with 40 pounds of methamphetamine in the trunk of the car.
It all started, according to VCSD spokesman Sgt. Gus Macias, when 53-year-old Poway, California resident Daniel Sanchez was pulled over and couldn’t produce a valid driver’s license.
Improper driver and vehicle documentation, always a red flag for the cops, often gives rise to suspicion of other violations, and in this case soon led to an examination and search of Sanchez’s car.
Once the detaining deputy came across the methamphetamine—not to mention what Macias described as “over $25,000 in cash,” patrol units of the Oxnard Police Department were summoned to assist in the arrest of Sanchez and documentation of what is suspected to be “over 150,000 individual doses” of the methamphetamine, with a street value estimated at $1,816,000.
Sanchez was promptly transported to Ventura County Jail, where he was booked on a charge of possession for sale of methamphetamine. Less than 24 hours later, Sanchez posted bond and was released pending adjudication of the charges against him.
Photo: Ventura County Sheriff’s Department