Photo: Gerald Silva
Ventura County – Certainly a parole violation can land the offender back into jail. After their release from prison, convicted California felons under parole terms must obey certain rules. They are universally prohibited from owning or possessing both firearms and ammunition, or from consorting with those who do.
According to Ventura County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Det. Jose Torres, on the afternoon of October 5th he Ventura County Sheriff’s Department Gang Unit was performing routine “directed enforcement” in the Oxnard neighborhood “known as El Rio.”
One of the subjects of their interest was 22-year-old El Rio resident Gerald Silva, “a known gang member.” Silva, convicted of prior felonies and out on the streets under the active parole terms imposed by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, was in the company of a male juvenile on that afternoon.
When Gang Unit detectives made contact with Silva, they made a personal search of him and his companion. That search lead to the discovery of “a loaded .22 caliber revolver” tucked away in a concealed fashion in the apparel of the juvenile.
He was also carrying drug paraphernalia. As an active parolee, authorities prohibit Silva from consorting with those conducting themselves in an illegal manner.
Law enforcement arrested both Silva and the male juvenile. The juvenile went to the Ventura County Juvenile Justice Center. His charge is for possession of the firearm and drug paraphernalia, as well as participation in a criminal street gang. Silva’s charge is violation of his parole terms. He remains in custody in Ventura County Jail.
Photo: Courtesy Ventura County Jail Booking