Probationer Caught with Guns and Drugs
Photo: Evidence seized during search warrants | Ventura County Sheriff’s Department
Written By: Robert L. McCullough
Ventura County, Ca. January 8, 2023 – While the recent decision by the United States Supreme Court regarding the right of Americans to carry a concealed firearm may have been welcome news to many law-abiding folks, it remains difficult for those with a past prior felony crime history in California to misinterpret that ruling, given the state’s notable terms of probation imposed on such individuals.
One subject to probation search terms and the restrictions involving the possession of firearms is 25-year-old Oxnard resident Nicholas Coronado. According to Ventura County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Sr. Deputy Matt Smith, Coronado was on “active probation with firearms, ammunition, and narcotics related search terms hanging over his head on the afternoon of January 6th . It was on that day that Coronado was the subject of “directed enforcement” by the VCSD West County Special Enforcement Unit who made contact with him just after 3:00 p.m.
When he was stopped by detectives and “a probation search” was made of his person, he was found to be in possession of a loaded 9mm pistol, “several concealed knives,” and small amounts of fentanyl and methamphetamine. He was summarily taken into custody and transported to Ventura County Jail, where he was booked on charges of possession of a controlled substance while armed with a firearm, possession of a firearm containing obliterted identification markings, possession for sales of a controlled substance, unlawful transfer of a firearm and possession of ammunition by a convicted felon.
He remains in custody with his bail set at $70,000.