Photo: Charlotte Dipaolo
June 27, 2021 – Ventura County, Ca.
Based upon the news of her June 25 th arrest, one might conclude that 40-year-old Charlotte Dipaolo is a student of English Literature and took a chapter out of Dickens’ Oliver Twist as she seems to have patterned herself after the inimitable character of “Fagin,” using an underage cohort to conduct criminal activity at her behest.
The case began on May 31 st when Camarillo Police Department Patrol units arrived at the residential scene of what Ventura County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Sgt. John Hajducko described as “a non-fatal overdose.” The immediately ensuing investigation brought a 17-year-old male juvenile to the cops’ attention as the provider of the fentanyl responsible for the victim’s overdose. The young man failed to provide any further information to detectives on the scene, so they promptly sought and were granted a search warrant for the youngster’s residence.
Once inside the 17-year-old’s house—where he was turned over to adult guardians—the cops discovered fentanyl, Xanax, cocaine, LSD and other pharmaceuticals “indicative of narcotics sales.” They also learned that Dipaolo was an associate of the juvenile, and had “encouraged” his drug dealing by “supplying him with the pharmaceutical medications to sell and profiting
from these sales.”
Following further investigation, Dipaolo was contacted and arrested. She was transported to Ventura County Jail, where she was booked on charges of possession for sales of a controlled substance, solicitation of a minor to sell drugs, conspiracy to commit a crime, and child endangerment. Her bail was set at $110,000. For his part, the juvenile was issued a citation and released.
Photo: Courtesy Ventura County Jail Booking