Photo: confiscated ghost gun
February 7, 2022 – Ventura County, Ca.
Considering the number of folks illegally running around many communities in possession of an impressive array of illegal firearms, it’s a wonder that a legitimate gun shop even has any customers. One such community that seems to have had more than its fair share of felons in possession of both guns and illicit drugs is Camarillo, where the Camarillo Special Enforcement Detail (SED) and the Directed Enforcement Unit (DEU) appear to be working overtime to deal
with the issue.
Evidence of this trend came yet again in the early evening hours of February 3 rd , when, according to Ventura County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Sr. Deputy Matt Smith, the SED/DEU investigation into the activities of 55-year-old Oxnard resident Michael Silerio—suspected of “illegal narcotics sales to the citizens in the City of Camarillo—came to a
It was just after 8:00 p.m. when detectives came upon Silerio as he was “conducting illegal drug transactions.” Needing no further probable cause to make contact with Silerio and discuss the situation with him by way of a field search of his person and vehicle, the cops found him in possession of narcotics and an unregistered “ghost gun” bearing no serial number or other identifying markings.
A search warrant of Silerio’s residence was quickly obtained and served, leading to the discovery and seizure of “additional items” indicating his involvement in multiple illegal activities. Silerio was transported to Ventura County Jail, where he was booked on multiple firearms and narcotics violations including drug addict in possession of a firearm and possession of a firearm by a felon, with his bail set at $50,000.
Photo: courtesy www.santamariatimes.com