Photo: Cache of weapons seized
Ventura County – With only five members, the Camarillo Police Department’s Special Enforcement Detail seems to deliver to the taxpayers significant bang for the buck. The SED teams works in plain clothes investigations with the City of Camarillo with the objective of reducing area crimes through what Ventura County Sheriff’s Department spokesman refers to as “directed enforcement.”
That effort seems to have paid dividends over recent months as the SED crew was tasked with “gang-related investigations” and various probation and parole searches targeting those involved in “the illegal possession of firearms and ammunition” since December of 2017.
The four-month enforcement effort concluded on April 13th with the arrests of seven individuals on “various weapons related charges,” including illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition by a prohibited person, convicted felon in possession of a firearm, assault on a police officer, and possession of illegal drugs for the purpose of sales.”
Among those rounded up and transported to Ventura County Jail for booking on the aforementioned charges were Camarillo residents Ricardo Delossantos, 53, Willivaldo Garcia, 39, Kade Gates, 29, Eric Givens, 43, Jaime Manos, 41, Mason Marquez, 27, and 39-year-old Simi Valley resident Nichols Wagemann.
Along with these suspects, SED detectives seized multiple rifles, an AK-47 assault rifle, seven handguns, 400 rounds of ammunition, and varying amounts of methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine, assorted items of stolen property, and one stole vehicle.
Photos: Courtesy Ventura County Jail Booking