News Story


Camarillo Heroin Overdose Leads to Five Arrests
9/4/2015 4:35:00 PM


Nature of Incident:

Camarillo Heroin Overdose Leads to Five Arrests

Report Number:



Camarillo, CA

Date & Time:

September 3, 2015 @ 10:31 a.m.

Unit(s) Responsible:

Camarillo Police Department Patrol Division

East County Sheriff's Narcotics Street Team


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

City of Residence


(V) Shawn Grant

(S) Edward Michaud

(S) Bronson Boyett

(S) Hunter Wise

(S) Louis Merriken

(S) Hayden Clark















On September 3, 2015, at about 10:31 a.m., Camarillo patrol deputies responded with the Ventura County Fire Department and American Medical Response Paramedics to an address in the 1200 block of Mission Verde Drive, Camarillo for a report of a possible narcotics overdose.


Once on scene, deputies learned Shawn Grant had overdosed on heroin. Paramedics performed lifesaving treatment on Grant and resuscitated him.  Grant was taken by ambulance to a local emergency room. Edward Michaud, who initially called 911, was also present at the residence. He admitted to attempting to conceal evidence by hiding in the trash can the syringe Grant used to inject the heroin. Michaud was also experiencing an adverse event due to heroin ingestion and he was transported to a local emergency room as well.


Narcotics detectives from the East County Sheriff's Street Team responded to the emergency room and began an investigation.  They determined the source of supply for the heroin was Bronson Boyett. 


Later in the day, detectives from the narcotics street team located Boyett in the city of Camarillo.  He was a passenger in a vehicle with Hunter Wise, Hayden Clark, and Louis Merriken.  Boyett was arrested for sales of heroin resulting in great bodily injury.  Wise, Clark, and Merriken were all initially arrested for being under the influence of heroin. Merriken was subsequently arrested for possession for sale of heroin, methamphetamine, and Xanax (alprazolam) after it was discovered he had secreted over a hundred doses of the drugs on his person.


A search warrant was served at Boyett's residence in the 5200 block of Creekside Road, in Camarillo.  Evidence related to the sales of narcotics was located at his house.


Bronson Boyett is currently in custody with a bail of $500,000.


Louis Merriken is currently in custody with a bail of $250,000.


Court dates for all of the arrested subjects are pending.


Deputies from the Camarillo Special Enforcement Detail as well as members of the Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit assisted on the investigation.


Camarillo Specific Statistics:


In 2014, there were 12 unintentional fatal drug overdoses in the city of Camarillo. Seven of those overdoses involved opiate medication or heroin.  In 2015, of the possible four unintentional fatal drug overdoses in Camarillo, opiate medication or heroin is potentially involved in three of them. During 2012, 2013, and 2014, 45 individuals received Narcan from paramedics in the city of Camarillo.  Narcan is administered as a lifesaving drug when there is evidence of opiate use and pronounced respiratory depression.  



Prepared by:

Sergeant Victor Fazio


News Release Date:

September 4, 2015


Media Follow-Up Contact:

Detective Steve Egnatchik

(805) 947-8688



Approved by:

Commander Monica McGrath