Photo: Robert Palazuelos
Ventura County – At an age when most men are contemplating the optimum age at which to file for Social Security benefits and planning for retirement, 60-year-old Oxnard resident Robert Palazuelos appears to have developed a highly profitable—if clearly illegal—entrepreneurial career for himself.
According to Ventura County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Detective Sergeant Guy Moody, however, Palazuelos was not conducting his business—trafficking in heroin and methamphetamine—with sufficient care to avoid the notice of law enforcement.
It was in May of 2019 when VCSD’s Narcotics West County Street Team began keeping their eye on Palazuelos pursuant to “information” indicating he was dealing “large quantities” of heroin and meth throughout Ventura County. Over the ensuing two months, detectives accumulated “enough evidence” and the probable cause to generate a search warrant for Palazuelos, his residence, and his vehicle.
Just after noon on August 9th, with their search warrant in hand, detectives made personal contact with Palazuelos and proceeded to execute service of their search warrants. By the end of the day, cops had found over “100 grams of methamphetamine and over 60 grams of heroin packaged for sale” in his possession, and Palazuelos was in handcuffs.
Palazuelos was transported to Ventura County Jail, where he was booked on charges of transportation and possession of narcotics for sales, with his bail set at $50,000.
Photo: Courtesy Ventura County Jail Booking