News Story


Oak Park Deputy's Traffic Stop Leads to Arrests for Drug Possession and Child Endangerment
2/5/2015 4:38:00 PM


Nature of Incident:

Narcotic Arrests

Report Number:



Kanan @ 101 Freeway, 300 block of Alder Springs Drive, Oak Park

Date & Time:

2/4/2015, 1240 hours

Unit(s) Responsible:

Sheriff's Narcotics Unit.

(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent

City of Residence


Alvarez, James

Penuelas, Albert

Orduno, Elroy

Vitela, Penny



Oak Park

Oak Park







On 2/4/2015, Ventura County Sheriff's patrol deputies working the Oak Park area stopped a vehicle for a minor violation. They contacted the driver, James Alvarez and his passengers Elroy Orduno and Albert Penuelas. During the traffic stop, deputies discovered Alvarez was on active probation in Ventura County and the vehicle he was driving belonged to Orduno. They invoked Alvarez's probation search terms and searched Alvarez and the vehicle. Deputies located two pounds of high grade marijuana inside the vehicle. Deputies arrested all three subjects for conspiracy and possession for sales of marijuana. Deputies later determined Penuelas provided them false identifying information. The deputies were able to determine his true name and discovered he had two outstanding felony warrants.


Narcotic Detectives assisted with the investigation and served a search warrant at Orduno's residence located on the 300 block of Alder Springs Drive in Oak Park. Officers with the Thousand Oaks Directed Enforcement Team (DET) assisted Narcotic Detectives with the service of the search warrant. They contacted and detained Orduno's girlfriend, Penny Vitela and their two minor children, ages 4 and 6, inside the residence.


During the search of the residence, detectives located about two thousand Xanax pills, over 22 grams of methamphetamine, 5 grams of cocaine, small amount of marijuana and a loaded shotgun.


The condition of the house was unkempt and some of the drugs were found in locations that were within arm's reach for the minor children. Based on the circumstances, detectives began a Drug Endangered Children (DEC) investigation. Child Protective Services was contacted and notified of the situation. They immediately responded to assist with the investigation. At the conclusion, Child Protective Services took custody of the children and removed them from the home. 


The children's mother, Penny Vitela was arrested for child endangerment and she was later booked into the Main Jail in Ventura. Her bail is set at $50,000


Elroy Orduno was arrested for violations of possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana for sale, possession for sale of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance with a firearm, and child abuse. His bail is set at $70,000


James Alvarez was arrested for Transportation of Marijuana and his bail is set at $50,000


Albert Penuelas was arrested for giving false information to a peace officer and conspiracy to transport marijuana and two felony warrants.


All four subjects are set to appear in court on February 6th, at 1:30 PM.


Prepared by:

Sergeant Jose Rivera


News Release Date:



Media Follow-Up Contact:

Sergeant Jose Rivera,, (805) 797-6341


Approved by:

Captain Curt Rothschiller



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