News Story

 

Gang Members Arrested for Narcotics Trafficking / Weapons Possession
10/3/2016 11:00:00 AM

 

Nature of Incident:

Gang Members Arrested for Narcotics Trafficking / Weapons Possession

 

Report Number:

Various

Location:

Various Locations Throughout Ventura and Los Angeles Counties

Date & Time:

September 28, 2016

Unit(s) Responsible:

Ventura County Sheriff's Office, Drug Enforcement Administration, Oxnard Police Department

 

 

 

 

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

Gerardo Vargas

Enrique Navarette

Osvaldo Medina

Gilberto Vargas

Maria Vargas

Raul Hernandez

Gilberto Gomez

Alfred Estrada

Jessie Rodriguez

 

City of Residence

Fillmore

Fillmore

Fillmore

Fillmore

Fillmore

Fillmore

Fillmore

Ventura

Los Angeles

 

Age

34

48

29

50

56

49

56

44

36

 

Narrative:

 

 

 

 

On September 28th, 2016, investigators concluded a month long investigation into a gang-related conspiracy to sell methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin throughout Ventura County.  As a result of the investigation, nine subjects were arrested for various charges, including narcotics and weapons related offenses.

 

In September of 2016, investigators with the Ventura County Sheriff's Office, Drug Enforcement Administration and the Oxnard Police Department learned that Gerardo Vargas, a Fillmore gang member with Mexican Mafia ties, and Alfred Estrada, a Ventura gang member, were involved in the distribution of methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin for the benefit of the Mexican Mafia.  Investigators discovered Vargas sold the drugs to lower-level drug dealers, who sold the drugs to drug users in Ventura County.

 

As a result of the information discovered during the investigation, detectives authored several search warrants for locations in Ventura and Los Angeles counties.  During the execution of those search warrants, investigators seized nearly four pounds of methamphetamine, over one pound of cocaine, over four ounces of heroin, four firearms, including two assault weapons, and two ballistic vests.

 

The following arrests were made during the investigation:

 

  • Gerardo Vargas ' Conspiracy, possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, sale of a controlled substance, possession for sale of a controlled substance and participation in a street gang.
  • Enrique Navarette ' Conspiracy, possession for sale of a controlled substance and possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.
  • Osvaldo Medina ' Conspiracy and transportation/sale of a controlled substance.
  • Gilberto Vargas ' Possession for sale of a controlled substance.
  • Maria Vargas ' Possession for sale of a controlled substance.
  • Raul Hernandez ' Conspiracy
  • Gilberto Gomez ' Conspiracy and transportation/sale of a controlled substance
  • Alfred Estrada ' Conspiracy, possession for sale of a controlled substance, possession of a firearm by a prohibited person and participation in a street gang.
  • Jessie Rodriguez ' Conspiracy and transportation/sale of a controlled substance.

 

All of the subjects were booked at the Main Jail and are awaiting further criminal proceedings in the Ventura County Superior Court.

 

Prepared by:

Sergeant Eric Tennessen

 

News Release Date:

October 3, 2016

 

Media Follow-Up Contact:

Detective Jeremy Bramlette

805-384-4771

 

 

Approved by:

Captain Robert Thomas

 







 

Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime.  The caller may remain anonymous.  The call is not recorded.  Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

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