Photo: Alejandro Oviedo
Ventura County – It was mid-afternoon on February 7th when the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department’s West County Narcotic Street Team saw the positive results of a prolonged investigation into the activities of a suspected drug dealer.
According to VCSD spokesman Detective Sergeant Guy Moody, it was 3:30 in the afternoon when detectives, “assisted by personnel from the California National Guard’s Counter Drug Task Force, made contact with Alejandro Oviedo in the front yard of his Santa Paula residence.
He was detained at that point based upon the suspicion that he was engaged in the sales of methamphetamine and heroin to others within Ventura County.
While Oviedo was interviewed by detectives in his front yard, a search warrant of his residence and vehicle was executed. What the cops discovered made it clear that suspicions of Oviedo’s drug dealing activities were well-founded.
By the time they were done searching the house and car, deputies seized “approximately 12 ounces of suspected heroin, eight ounces of suspected methamphetamine,” and an assortment of Ecstasy pills and other paraphernalia “indicative of narcotics sales.” A handgun, determined to be non-functioning, was also discovered on the premises.
With that evidence in hand, Oviedo was transported to Ventura County Jail, where he was booked on charges of possession of methamphetamine for sale and possession of heroin for sale, with his bail set at $350,000.
Photo: Courtesy Ventura County Jail Booking