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Law enforcement personnel of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department’s Camarillo Special Enforcement Unit—a team of just four detectives and one sergeant—are a busy group focused on the investigation of illegal firearms and widespread criminal gang activity who will apparently never run out of work.
Evidence of that came throughout the month of July when, pursuant to multiple mail theft reports throughout the county, detectives traced a series of fraudulent credit card transactions and check forgeries and ultimately identified Ventura residents 31-year-old Raul Zamora and 24-year-old Katherine Munoz as principal suspects in those crimes.
On August 30th , detectives observed Zamora’s vehicle in the parking lot of a downtown Ventura motel. According to VCSD spokesman Sr. Deputy Steve Krupnik, they promptly obtained and served a search warrant on the motel room registered to Zamora, where they made contact with him and discovered “methamphetamine along with stolen mail from over twelve different addresses.” While cataloguing the evidence, detectives found “documents with personal identifying information and several checks,” which Zamora had altered and had unsuccessfully attempted to cash at a local bank.
Both Zamora and Munoz were taken into custody and transported to Ventura County Jail, where they were booked on charges of mail theft, identity theft, and possession of a controlled substance. They remain in custody with unspecified bail amounts.