Photo: Matthew Bucio
Ventura County – The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit, working in collaboration with the VCSD Gang Unit and the Thousand Oaks Directed Enforcement Unit are tasked with the interdiction of drug trafficking targeting county residents. It’s apparently a job with an endless work load, as evidenced by the August 9th arrest of 24-year-old Newhall resident Matthew Bucio.
According to VCSD spokesman Det. Sgt. Eduardo Malagon, Bucio had been the subject of an ongoing investigation as a suspect in area narcotics sales when his vehicle was pulled over in the early evening on Tapo Canyon Road in the Simi Valley area.
Once deputies made contact with Bucio, he was “found to be in possession of a large quantity of heroin and cocaine” as well as a loaded pistol which he was carrying “in his pants pocket.”
Bucio was then taken into custody and transported to Ventura County Jail. The following day, as Bucio was subjected to the jail’s inmate processing protocols, a signed search warrant was executed upon Bucio’s Newhall residence.
Inside the home, detectives discovered “approximately 468 grams of cocaine, 83 grams of heroin, 524 Ecstasy pills, and a loaded unregistered firearm.” The cops also found assorted paraphernalia “indicative of narcotics sales” and U.S. currency in amounts commonly associated with illicit drug sales.
Bucio was charged with multiple violations including possession of heroin for sales, possession of cocaine for sales, possession of an unregistered firearm, carrying a concealed weapon, and transporting a loaded firearm in a vehicle. He remains in custody on a no bail hold.
Photo: Courtesy Ventura County Jail Booking