Drugs seized by VCSD from Villalta
Ventura County – The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department West County Street Narcotics Team, a group of narcotics detectives assigned out of the VCSD and the Oxnard Police Department, apparently work together with considerable collaborative ability, based upon a recent report filed by VCSD spokesman Sgt. Guy Moody.
According to Moody, the West County Street Narcotics Team had been working a month-long case focused upon the activities of 41-year-old Newhall resident Edwin Villalta, who was suspected of “drug trafficking activities” that included “supplying methamphetamine to residents of Ventura County.”
Based upon their investigation, on June 29th, the WCSNT cops recruited members of the VCSD Gang Unit and the California National Guard’s Counter Drug Task Force to join the effort of apprehending Vilalta.
With what must have appeared as overwhelming law enforcement support, it was just after lunch at Vilalta’s workplace when he was contacted and served with a search warrant specifying himself, his vehicle, and his Newhall abode.
The product of that search supported the cops’ suspicions, as Vilalta was found to be in possession of “approximately 13 ounces of methamphetamine and two ounces of heroin,” all of which was packaged and ready for the marketplace. He was also found to be in possession of “a large sum of U.S. currency believed to be the proceeds of narcotic sales.”
Apparently unable to explain that he was lawfully in possession of the drugs or the money, Vilalta was taken into custody on the scene and transported to Ventura County Jail, where he was booked on multiple narcotics charges as well as an outstanding Los Angeles County arrest warrant, with his bail set at $76,000.
Photo: Courtesy Ventura County Sheriff’s Department