Driving on Suspended License Leads to Drug And Firearms Bust
Photo: Miguel Perez
March 20, 2021 – Ventura County, Ca.
It’s simply a fact of life that having an easily-recognized face is not an asset for those conducting
themselves in a less-than-legal manner. That principle was borne out on the afternoon of March 19th when Oxnard resident Miguel Perez was motoring along the streets of his hometown.
It was just after 1:00 p.m. when, according to Ventura County Sheriff’s Department spokesman
Sgt. Eduardo Malagon, deputies attached to the VCSD’s Gang Unit spotted Perez cruising past.
Because the cops were “familiar with Perez” and were aware of the fact that his California
driving privileges had been suspended pursuant to a prior DUI conviction, they pulled their
vehicle behind his and promptly conducted “a traffic enforcement stop.”
Because Perez was also a registered Ventura County probationer for his DUI conviction, deputies detained him and then rightfully conducted a probation search of both his vehicle and his Saint Mary’s Drive Oxnard home. During that residential search, the cops discovered “cocaine and paraphernalia indicative of narcotics sales” as well as a loaded firearm.
As a registered felon, Perez is prohibited from owning or possessing “any firearms” or ammunition. It didn’t take long for the cops to seize the contraband evidence and to then transport Perez to Ventura County Jail, where he was booked on charges of possession of narcotics for sales and for illegal possession of a firearm.
Photo: Courtesy Ventura County Jail Booking