News Story


Death in Ojai Valley Leads to Drug Arrest
10/14/2015 2:40:00 PM


Nature of Incident:

Death in Ojai Valley Leads to Drug Arrest

Report Number:

15-2040620, 15-2051445


Ojai, CA; Oak View, CA

Date & Time:

September 23, 2015; October 13, 2015

Unit(s) Responsible:

Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit

Ventura County Sheriff's Office Major Crimes Bureau

Ojai Police Department



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

City of Residence


(P) Dallas Wilson

(S) Dayn Manson


Oak View

Oak View






On September 23, 2015, deputies from the Ojai Police Station responded to a possible overdose death in the 10000 block of Oak Knoll Drive, Ojai.  Deputies learned the decedent's name was Dallas Wilson.  Evidence recovered at the scene indicated Wilson possibly died from a heroin overdose.  Investigators from the Ventura County Sheriff's Major Crimes Bureau and the Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit responded to the scene.  Investigators identified a probable source of Wilson's heroin as Dayn Manson.


On October 13, 2015, Manson was stopped driving his vehicle near his home in Oak View. He had his two young children with him.  Manson was found to be under the influence of heroin and in possession of heroin.  Manson was arrested for possession of heroin for sale, under the influence of heroin, and child endangerment.  Investigators interviewed Manson and gained additional information connecting him to Wilson.    


Manson was booked into the Ventura County Main Jail on the charges stemming from the traffic stop. His bail is currently set at $55,000 and his court date for those charges is October 15, 2015 at 1:30 p.m.  Separate charges such as manslaughter and drug dealing resulting in great bodily injury are pending toxicology results from Wilson's autopsy.  


The Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit is a task force made up of members from the Ventura County Sheriff's Office, Simi Valley Police Department, Thousand Oaks Police Department, the District Attorney's Office Bureau of Investigation, the California Highway Patrol, and the Health Quality Investigation Unit of the California Division of Investigation. The primary mission of the task force is combating the transfer of legal prescription medication to the illegal market. In addition, the task force works to identify and stop new trends of abuse among the younger population and investigates overdose deaths due to both prescription medication and illicit drug use. Information regarding criminal activity may be emailed to or called in to (805) 383-8700.


Prepared by:

Sergeant Victor Fazio



News Release Date:

October 14, 2015


Media Follow-Up Contact:

Detective Rob Davidson

(805) 947 8705



Approved by:

Captain Curt Rothschiller