Photo: Jesse Johnson
June 1, 2021 – Ventura County, Ca.
Proving once again that those with a prior felony conviction oftentimes fail to respect the terms of their post-release supervision, 29-year-old Thousand Oaks resident Jesse Johnson was arrested just before the noon hour on May 28 th pursuant to his apparent engagement in the sales of narcotics and his possession of a semi-automatic pistol and ammunition.
According to Ventura County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Deputy Nathanial Rushing, the Thousand Oaks Directed Enforcement Unit (DEU) learned that Johnson was actively “involved in narcotics sales” and had a gun in his possession. The firearms possession alone was enough to attract the attention of law enforcement, as Johnson’s prior felony conviction history specifically prohibits him to come into contact with guns or ammo.
Working on their “information,” DEU investigators poked around and learned that Johnson was involved “in the illegal sales of heroin, methamphetamine, and alprazolam.” With that additional knowledge, in early May of 2021, detectives earned themselves a search warrant for Johnson’s Newbury Park residence.
That warrant was served upon Johnson on the 28 th , leading to the discovery of “71.2 grams of heroin, 70.8 grams of methamphetamine, 290 alprazolam pills, 16 Suboxone strips” and other indicia of ongoing narcotics sales.
With that evidence in hand, Johnson—who was out on bail for “five open criminal cases”—was taken into custody and transported to Ventura County Jail, where he was booked on charges that included being a felon in possession of a firearm, possession of a controlled substance while armed, and possession for sales of a controlled substance. He remains in custody with his bail set at $500,000.
Photo: Courtesy Ventura County Jail Booking