Photo: Jose Delgado
Ventura County – Some people are very good at making a lot of money…illegally. But sometimes those same people are not particularly good at making the best use of that money.
Case in point: 38-year-old Oxnard resident Jose Delgado. According to Ventura County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Det. Sgt. Guy Moody, following Delgado’s February 2019 arrest for “a variety of narcotics charges” that included the possession of more than 2.5 pounds of methamphetamine, a handful of cocaine, and “a large quantity of cash,” he posted $250,000 bail and was out on the streets and in the community enjoying fresh air and sunshine while waiting for his next court date.
But, with apparently wanton disregard for the cash bail he’d posted, Delgado continued “his narcotic trafficking activities” by marketing meth to his client base throughout Ventura County. Those activities were brought to the attention of VCSD’s West County Narcotics Street Team, and it wasn’t long before the cops had enough evidence to get a handful of signed search warrants for Delgado’s house, cars, and his person.
With surveillance of Delgado in place, detectives observed him as he walked out of his house, got into his car, and drove off. A traffic stop was promptly conducted, followed by the execution of the search warrant upon his vehicle. Lo and behold…the detectives discovered “over a pound of methamphetamine hidden in his car.”
Delgado was taken into custody, his prior bail suddenly forfeited. The search warrant on Delgado’s home revealed additional evidence, and he was booked into Ventura County Jail on charges of possession of methamphetamine for sales, with his new bail set at $70,000.
Photo: Courtesy Ventura County Jail Booking