News Story


Thousand Oaks Resident Sentenced For Illegally Selling Firearms
10/11/2016 1:00:00 PM


Nature of Incident:

Thousand Oaks Resident Sentenced for Illegally Selling Firearms

Report Number:



Various Locations Throughout Ventura County.

Date & Time:

October and November of 2015

Unit Responsible:

Thousand Oaks Police Special Enforcement Unit, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives


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

City of Residence


Joshua Pineda

Thousand Oaks



A Ventura County resident who illegally sold eight firearms during an undercover operation last year has been sentenced to nearly five years in federal prison.


During the months of October and November of 2015, investigators with the Thousand Oaks Police Special Enforcement Unit, and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, purchased eight firearms from Joshua Pineda during an undercover operation.  These purchases occurred in the cities of Simi Valley and Thousand Oaks.  On October 3, 2016, Pineda was sentenced to 57 months in prison.  Most of the eight firearms purchased from Pineda were AR-15-type assault rifles, several of which did not have serial numbers.  Pineda also sold more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition to an undercover agent during this operation.


'Sales of untraceable assault rifles by a convicted felon pose a serious danger to the community,' said United States Attorney Eileen M. Decker. 'Transactions like these supply an illegal market for firearms that endangers law-abiding citizens when the deadly weapons make their way into the hands of criminals.'


Pineda pled guilty in February to federal offenses of selling firearms without a license and being a felon in possession of a firearm.  Pineda was sentenced by United States District Judge Dale S. Fischer. 'Illegal acquisition and disposition of untraceable firearms presents a significant challenge and a major concern to our community' said ATF Special Agent in Charge Eric D. Harden. 'These offenses circumvent regulations in place intended to thwart firearm possession by prohibited individuals.'


Prepared by:

Detective Dillan Alvarez


Media Release Date:

October 11, 2015


Media Follow-Up Contact:

Detective Dillan Alvarez (805)797-7142


Approved by:

Captain Mike Hartmann