Photo: Nicholas Olson
Ventura County – In its ongoing and rigorous efforts to control the flow of lethal narcotics throughout its jurisdiction, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department Narcotics Unit, working in concert with patrol deputies and detectives attached to the Thousand Oaks Police Department Directed Enforcement Unit, scored points on the afternoon of January 24th with the arrests of a cohabiting Canoga Park couple, 26-year-old Nicholas Olson, and 24-year-old Madison Samuel.
According to VCSD spokesman Det. Sgt. Eduardo Malagon, detectives were informed of the pair’s involvement in trafficking narcotics throughout the City of Thousand Oaks as early as December, 2019.
The information identifying Olson and Samuel was determined as credible pursuant to surveillance efforts conducted by “proactive patrol deputies” from both the Camarillo Police Department and the Moorpark Police Department. In early January, Olson and Madison were “believed to be residing in Canoga Park” as a couple.
The totality of evidence gathered earned detectives a Ventura County search warrant for the couple’s residence in Los Angeles County. Just after noon on January 24th, contact was made with Olson and Samuel “as they left their residence.”
The ensuing search of their residence lead to the discovery of “91 grams of methamphetamine, 42 grams of heroin, 248 Alprazolam pills, 18 Suboxone strips” and an undisclosed amount of currency “believed to be proceeds from narcotics sales.”
Also found in the living room of the residence was a loaded unregistered handgun, a serious no-no for Olson who is a convicted felon restricted from possessing any firearms or ammunition.
Olson and Samuel were taken into custody and transported to Ventura County Jail, where they were booked on multiple narcotics and firearms violations. Both posted bail shortly after their arrests and remain free on bond.
Photos: Courtesy Ventura County Jail Booking