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The Ventura County Sheriff’s Narcotics Street Team must be at work 24/7 as evidenced by the ongoing success of their enforcement efforts on an almost daily basis.
Proof of that came once again on the afternoon of November 29th with the arrest of 30- year-old Oxnard resident Jesus Vazquez-Zepeda. According to VCSD spokesman Sgt.Dan Ashmore, Vazquez-Zepeda fell under the suspicious eye of law enforcement in September, 2023 with reports that he was “distributing fentanyl” from his East Pleasant Valley Road residence. He was known at that time as having “a felony arrest warrant for burglary,” which provided detectives with the opportunity to make contact with him at his home.
But when the cops showed up at his front door, Vaquez-Zepeda “attempted to flee,” which ended with him face-down and his hands cuffed behind his back as he was summarily taken into custody. The ensuing search of his home led to the seizure of “over six ounces of fentanyl, ten ounces of methamphetamine, an ounce of cocaine, brass knuckles, and a large amount of U.S. currency.” According to Ashmore, the fentanyl seized “had the potential of causing more than 8,500 fatal overdoses.”
Vazquez-Zepeda was transported to Ventura County Jail, where he was booked on the original arrest warrant, multiple felony narcotics and weapon charges, with his bail set at $150,000.