Photo: Maxwell Coulson and Leslie Salazar
Ventura County – Not to be outdone by the recent drug enforcement successes of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department’s Gang Unit or the thousand Oaks Directed Enforcement Unit, the VCSD West County Narcotic Street Team continues to score their own crime-fighting victories.
The most recent product of the Street Team’s efforts came after what VCSD spokesman Det. Stephan Graybill described as “a two month narcotic investigation into Oxnard resident Maxwell Coulson.” Coulson, age 53, had been under suspicion as the culprit selling large quantities of heroin throughout Ventura County based upon “information received” throughout the month of July, 2019.
That suspicion prompted an intensive investigation into Coulson’s activities and to the discovery of a storage locker in Oxnard which Coulson and his sister, 48-year-old Oxnard resident Leslie Salazar, were using as their base of operations.
Coulson and Salazar were each confronted with search warrants on the morning of August 7th, and an additional search warrant was executed upon their Oxnard storage facility. During the three searches, detectives discovered “over three pounds of heroin packaged for sale, six firearms, ammunition, and a large sum of cash.”
With evidence of this nature providing substantial probable cause to suspect both Coulson and Salazar of violations of assorted criminal statutes, brother and sister were each taken into custody and transported to Ventura County Jail. They were booked on a myriad of drug and firearms violations and both remain in custody with bail set at $300,000 each.
Photos: Courtesy Ventura County Jail Booking