Photo: Raymond Joel
Ventura County – Those engaged in felonious activity that falls under the suspicious eye of law enforcement often find themselves with little to be thankful for during the Thanksgiving season.
That was certainly the case for 50-year-old Simi Valley resident Raymond Joel, who was arrested on November 22nd by the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department Narcotics Unit. According to VCSD spokesman Sgt. Eduardo Malagon, Joel was identified as an individual “selling methamphetamine to residents of Ventura County,” which gave rise to “a short investigation” into his activities in the area.
Detectives first got wind of Joel’s interest in methamphetamine during the first week of November. Soon enough, the cops had sufficient evidence to generate a search warrant for Joel’s person, his vehicle, and his residence. With the help of the Moorpark Police Department, detectives served those warrants on the 22nd and discovered “three digital scales, a small amount of methamphetamine” and cash suspected to be proceeds from illegal drug sales.
Inside Joel’s car parked outside the residence, detectives “located a small safe” inside of which they found “440 grams of methamphetamine, 1.9 grams of heroin, 118 Oxycodone pills,” another digital scale, and packaging materials indicating that Joel was more than an occasional drug user, but was, in fact, an active dealer of controlled substances.
Joel was taken into custody and transported to Ventura County Jail, where he was booked on multiple drug charges including possession for sale of a controlled substance. He remains in cusody on a no-bail hold.
Photo: Courtesy Ventura County Jail Booking