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February 4, 2022 – Ventura County, Ca.
The Ventura County Sheriff’s Camarillo Patrol Division, charged with keeping the peace in a relatively peaceful residential community, managed to keep itself busy doing just that.
A clear indicator of the constant vigilance required to maintain law and order in the area are the number and regularity of criminal activities involving illegal firearms and illicit drug sales that put miscreants behind bars on an alarmingly regular basis. The February 1 st arrest of 48- year-old Camarillo resident Darren Pellegrino, following a month-long investigation into his activities is a case in point.
In January of this year, Camarillo Patrol Service’s Special Enforcement Detail—a unit specifically tasked on the suppression of activities negatively affecting the quality of life within the community—was called to the scene of “suspicious activity” reported by a citizen. According to VCSD spokesman Sr. Deputy Matt Smith, Detectives at the reported location learned that Pelligrino had been identified by area residents as a threat to public safety.
With Pellegrino absent from the scene and unavailable for comment, detectives quickly obtained a search warrant of his residence. Upon entering the home and conducting a search of the premises, the cops discovered multiple weapons, “high-capacity magazines and gun parts, and a large quantity of methamphetamine.” Among the weapons where AR-15 assault rifles, possession of which is illegal under state law.
The search for Pellegrio proved fruitful on the evening of February 1 st , when the cops caught up with him and took him into custody. He was transported to Ventura County Jail, where he was booked on charges of illegal possession of assault weapons, possession for sales of a controlled substance, unlawful transfer of firearms, and possession of a controlled substance with firearms. He posted $50,000 bail and is currently a free man pending his February 17 th court date.
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