Traffic Stop Leads to Drug and Identity Theft Bust
October 11, 2021 – Ventura County, Ca.
It was just after 8:00 p.m. on the night of October 6th when patrol officers attached to the
Ventura County Sheriff’s Department Moorpark Police Station were cruising down the lanes of
East Los Angeles Boulevard and they spotted a car on the road with expired registration tabs.
As is their wont and sworn duty to enforce motor vehicle registration laws, the cops pulled over
the car driven by Glendale, Ca. resident Vanik Simonyan. According to VCSD spokesman
Detective Preston Furukawa, as deputies made contact with Simonyan and his passenger, West
Hills, Ca. resident Vanessa Pack, they couldn’t help but notice “drug paraphernalia in plain
view” in the vehicle.
Suspecting that Simonyan and Pack were under the influence of a controlled substance,
deputies then conducted a thorough search of their vehicle and discovered, “stolen mail, stolen
credit cards, 10 grams of methamphetamine, burglary tools, and drug paraphernalia.”
There was apparently so much evidence on the scene that “detectives from the Moorpark
Investigations Bureau were called in to assist deputies with the property recovered from the
Simonyan and Pack were transported to Ventura County Main Jail, where they were booked on
charges of identity theft, mail theft, possession of burglary tools, giving false information to a
police officer, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance, being
under the influence of a controlled substance, conspiracy to commit a crime, forgery, and
various outstanding felony warrants, with their bail set at $200,000 each.
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