Photo: Abraham Arellano
Ventura County – An investigation that began in late December, 2018 and required the coordinated efforts of the Ventura County Sheriff’s West County Narcotic Street Team, the Ventura Combined Agency Team, the Oxnard Police Department, the Port Hueneme Police Department, and the Santa Barbara Police Department ended late on the afternoon of February 26th with the arrest of 40-year-old Santa Barbara resident Abraham Arellano.
According to VCSD spokesman Det. Sgt. Guy Moody, Arellano had been the subject of law enforcement interest as a suspected trafficker of narcotics throughout both Santa Barbara and Ventura County jurisdictions for some time.
When he was spotted driving through the City of Ventura on February 26th, “detectives established surveillance” of his movements, ultimately conducting “a traffic stop” of his truck.
Once Arellano was thusly detained, a signed search warrant of his vehicle was served upon him. His truck was searched, leading to the discovery of “just under a pound of cocaine packaged in various quantities” as well as “paraphernalia indicative of cocaine sales.”
At that point, Arellano was taken into custody. A second search warrant of Arellano’s Santa Barbara West Pueblo Street residence was promptly served at that location, where “detectives seized a large sum of cash” which is suspected to be the proceeds of ongoing narcotics sales.
Arrelano was transported to Ventura County Jail, where he was booked on charges of transportation and possession of cocaine for the purposes of sales. His bail was set at $50,000.
Photos: Courtesy Ventura County Jail Booking, Ventura County Sheriff’s Department