Photo: Mark and Carlos Parra
April 5, 2021 – Ventura County, Ca.
Some clichés originate in wisdom and truth. The age-old advice that “it’s always best to not mix family and business” certainly seems to apply in the cases of Oxnard residents and brothers Carlos Parra, 22, and Mark Parra, 20.
According to Ventura County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Sgt. Odilon Malagon, in early March of this year Carlos caught the attention of law enforcement as a suspect in “drug trafficking activities” involving the sales and distribution of methamphetamine throughout the county.
The ensuing investigation confirmed suspicions that Carlos had been actively conspiring with his brother and with 19-year-old Oxnard resident Alejandro Gonzales “to further his drug trafficking activities.”
Under surveillance by the VCSD Narcotics Street Team, Carlos was the subject of a March 25th traffic stop with brother Mark riding along as a passenger. Deputies searched their vehicle and discovered “multiple ounces of methamphetamine” and other indicia of drug sales. They were both taken into custody and transported to Ventura County Jail where they were booked on charges of possession of methamphetamine for sales.
Just one day later, on March 26 th , detectives learned that Carlos had been coordinating the shipment of “a bulk quantity” of methamphetamine into the City of Thousand Oaks, and that Gonzales was in the process of carrying out that delivery.
By this time Gonzales was under surveillance himself, which made contacting him a matter of routine. Once he was detained, Gonzales was found to be in possession of “over four pounds of methamphetamine” and was summarily arrested. He was transported to Ventura County Jail where he was booked on multiple narcotics charges with his bail set at $50,000.
Photos: Courtesy Ventura County Jail Booking