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Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit Arrest Trio for Prescription Drug and Cocaine Sales
8/4/2016 4:01:00 PM


Nature of Incident: Prescription Drug and Cocaine Dealers Arrested

Report Number: 16- 109281
Location: 7200 block of Hazeltine Ave, Los Angeles, CA

Date & Time:
August 3, 2016 at 3:30 p.m.

Unit(s) Responsible:
Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit

(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
(S) Daniell Sutton Los Angeles 26
(S) Ezkieh Gamboa Los Angeles 29
(S) Haroutyoun Khardalyan Los Angeles 28


On August 3, 2016, the Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit (PCU) concluded a one month narcotics dealing investigation with the arrest of Daniell Sutton, Ezkieh Gamboa, and Haroutyoun Khardalyan.

In July of 2016, the PCU learned the above three individuals were suspected of being involved in the sales of pharmaceutical drugs and cocaine and that their customers were primarily from Los Angeles and Ventura County.

On August 3, 2016, the three individuals were stopped in the city of Los Angeles on their way to a drug deal. Their vehicle was searched. Prescription pills, several ounces of cocaine, and over $35,000 in suspected drug proceeds were found along with a handgun. Sutton's residence, located in the 7200 block of Hazeltine Ave, was also searched and several hundred pills and doses of prescription drugs, approximately $5000 in suspected drug proceeds, and another handgun were recovered.

All subjects were booked into custody at the Ventura County Main Jail on the charges of possession for sales of narcotics, sales of narcotics, and conspiracy. Additional weapons charges are pending. All three have bail set at $200,000 with a court date of August 5, 2016 at 1:30 p.m. in Courtroom 13.

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, the Health Quality Investigation Unit of the California Division of Investigation, and the California Department of Health Care Services. The primary mission of the task force is combatting 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.

The Simi Valley Police Department Narcotics Unit, the Ventura Police Department, and the Thousand Oaks Police Department Directed Enforcement Team assisted in the investigation.

Prepared by: Sergeant Victor Fazio
News Release Date: August 4, 2016
Media Follow-Up Contact: Detective James Dykes
(805) 404 8942

Approved by: Captain Robert Thomas