Photo: Rojas’ guns
June 30, 2022 – Ventura County, Ca.
The City of Oxnard might have a gang “problem,” if the recent arrests of 22-year-old Oxnard resident Fidel Rojas and 33-year-old Port Hueneme resident Michael Espinoza are any indication.
According to Oxnard Police Department spokesperson Sgt. Bakari Myers, it was nearing the 8:00 p.m. hour on June 29 th when uniformed officers attached to the OPD Special Enforcement Gang Unit, with a search warrant bearing Espinoza’s name on it, spotted him driving through a downtown Oxnard commercial district. A “traffic stop” ensued, and both Espinoza and Rojas were asked to step outside of the vehicle.
Once the two men were outside their car, they were handcuffed and officers conducted a peremptory search of the vehicle. It didn’t take long for the cops the find “a loaded .40 caliber Glock-style polymer” pistol and a second, loaded 9mm Glock semi-automatic handgun. The polymer weapon bore no serial numbers, and the Glock is suspected to be stolen property.
Both men were taken into custody at the scene and arrested for felony firearms possession. As Espinoza and Rojas were being transported to Ventura County Jail, the search warrant was then executed at Espinoza’s residence in Port Hueneme. Once inside the residence, cops found and seized a number of illegal weapons, including a pair of .223 caliber semi-automatic rifles
and a pair of loaded 30-round magazines. Also seized was a drill press suspected to have been used in the manufacture and alteration of illegal firearms.
Photo: Courtesy Oxnard Police Department Gang Unit