Photo: Julyan Reinhart and Isaac Zuniga
Ventura County – Members of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department Detention Services Division and the Gang Unit, working in a joint task force effort called Operation Stonegarden and funded by the Department of Homeland Security, appear to be delivering a meaningful return on the government’s investment in its effort to curb illegal activities throughout the county.
According to VCSD spokesman Sgt. Eduardo Malagon, it was just after the midnight hour on January 6th when deputies pulled over a car cruising the streets of downtown Ventura and had the pleasure of meeting the driver, Santa Paula resident Isaac Zuniga and his two passengers, a 15-year-old juvenile male and Oxnard resident Julyan Reinhart.
The ensuing conversation came to a dramatic high point when Zuniga commented that he had “a loaded firearm in the center console” of the car he was driving.
That must have earned the attention of all on the scene as the cops promptly ordered everyone out of the car so that they could search it. Moments later, deputies located an unregistered loaded revolver and then found a second loaded revolver under the front passenger seat.
A quick check of serial numbers indicated that both weapons had been repeated as stolen, whereupon both Reinhart and Zuniga were handcuffed and taken into custody.
Both men were then transported to Ventura County Jail, where they were booked on “numerous firearms charges” as well as child endangerment.
Photos: Courtesy Ventura County Jail Booking