Photo: Carlos Rojas Solano
Ventura County – 48-year-old Long Beach resident Carlos Rojas Solano had been the subject of considerable interest at the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Unit when he was arrested on December 12th.
Over the previous few weeks, ongoing law enforcement surveillance of Solano’s activities was conducted by VCSD detectives working in conjunction with undercover narcotics details attached to the Oxnard Police Department. Solano was observed traveling between Long Beach and Ventura County, leading to the suspicion he was engaged in the transportation and sales of controlled substances.
On the afternoon of December 12th, Solano was driving along a Thousand Oaks thoroughfare when he was stopped by SIU detectives and personally contacted.
According to VCSD spokesman Det. Sgt. Eduardo Malagon, a search of Solano’s vehicle was then conducted which led to the discovery of a kilogram of “China White” heroin hidden throughout the vehicle. Malagon described the narcotic as “a higher grade heroin mixed with the powerful synthetic pain killer fentanyl” which “has been been linked to an increase in fatal and non-fatal overdoses in Ventura County.”
The amount of “China White” in Solano’s vehicle was estimated to have a street value ranging from $180,000 to $200,000. Solano was taken into custody and transported to Ventura County Jail, where he was booked on a charge of possession for sales of a controlled substance, with his bail amount unspecified at this time.
Photo: Courtesy Ventura County Jail Booking