Photo: Pedro Garcia
June 26, 2021 – Ventura County, Ca.
Perhaps taking a chapter out of the billionaire playbook one might imagine will someday be authored by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos with the imperative to “go big or don’t go at all,” 25- year-old Oxnard resident Pedro Garcia seems to have been doing just that.
According to Ventura County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Sgt. Eduardo Malagon, “Garcia is a documented gang member and was recently released from prison,” a status which apparently didn’t deter him from ignoring the terms of his probation and engaging in big-time sales of multiple controlled substances.
When Garcia showed up for his regularly-scheduled appointment with the folks at the Ventura County Post Release Offender Supervision (PROS) unit on the morning of June 25 th , probation officers confronted him with their suspicions that he had been “concealing his place of residence” and had managed to avoid contact with them pursuant to scheduled probationer compliance checks.
While Garcia had been outmaneuvering probation officers, however, detectives attached to the Oxnard Police Department Violent Crimes Unit determined the exact location of his actual residence. With that information in hand, while Garcia was detained at his probation appointment, other PROS officers dropped in at his residence and discovered “over six pounds of methamphetamine, over one pound of fentanyl, heroin, and evidence indicative of narcotics sales” along with a pair of unregistered guns and ammunition.
Along with the plethora of controlled substances, Garcia’s status as a felon prohibits possession of firearms or ammunition and earned him immediate arrest.
Garcia was transported to Ventura County Jail, where he was booked on multiple firearms, narcotics, and probation violations. He remains in custody on a no-bail hold.
Photo: Courtesy Ventura County Jail Booking