Photo: Richard Anthony Barajas
January 8, 2021 – Ventura County, Ca.
According to Ventura County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Sgt. Eduardo Malagon, the VCSD Narcotics Unit, working in concert with the department’s Gang Unit with funding from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Operation Stonegarden, tasked with “proactive narcotics enforcement,” is building a significant record of success throughout the county.
Evidence of that came at the midnight hour on February 6th when deputies spotted a vehicle driven by 22-year-old Ventura resident Richard Anthony Barajas traveling across their line of sight. As Barajas was on active probation for a prior conviction of driving under the influence, a routine traffic stop was conducted upon his vehicle.
As contact with Barajas was made, a probation search of his vehicle soon followed. That search lead to the discovery of “various quantities of methamphetamine, fentanyl, Alprazolam pills and evidence indicative of narcotics sales.” Along with his illicit wares, deputies also discovered “a loaded unregistered firearm” in the car “within reach of Barajas.”
That’s all it took for the cops to take Barajas into custody and provide him with a free ride to Ventura County Jail. Once there, he was booked on multiple and various charges relating to narcotics sales and illegal possession and transportation of a loaded firearm. He remains in custody, with his bail set at $100,000.
Photo: Courtesy Ventura County Jail Booking