News Story


Thousand Oaks Physician Arrested
12/22/2016 4:00:00 PM


Nature of Incident:

Thousand Oaks Physician Arrested

Report Number:



2920 East Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks

Date & Time:

December 22, 2016 at  1:30 p.m.

Unit(s) Responsible:

Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit

Ventura Police Department


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

City of Residence


(S) Dr. Paul Duran

Los Angeles



On December 22, 2016, the Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit (PCU) and the Ventura Police Department concluded a joint investigation with the arrest of Dr. Paul Duran for drug sales.  


In February 2016, Detectives from the PCU and Ventura Police Department began an investigation into the illicit sales of pharmaceutical drugs on the streets of Oxnard and Ventura.  The investigation revealed the pills were being sourced from a doctor's office in Thousand Oaks.  Dr. Paul Duran was identified as the source of supply and over the next several months numerous undercover purchases were made from Dr. Duran at his office.  Dr. Duran would write prescriptions for opioids such as oxycodone and hydrocodone, benzodiazepines such as Alprazolam (Xanax), and stimulants like dextroamphetamine / amphetamine (Adderall) with no examination or any semblance of the practice of medicine. Investigators also learned that Dr. Duran was on probation with the California Medical Board for similar activity in the past.


Detectives served a search warrant at the medical practice as well as Dr. Duran's home in West Hills.  Evidence related to the illicit prescribing of medication was found at both locations.


Dr. Duran surrendered his DEA registration suspending his ability to write controlled substance prescriptions.  He was booked into the Ventura County Jail.

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 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 California Department of Insurance and the Ventura County Narcotics Task Force assisted in this investigation.


Prepared by:                         Detective Sergeant Victor Fazio



News Release Date:

December 22, 2016


Media Follow-Up Contact:   Detective Micah Weilbacher

                                               (805) 797 6401





Approved by:                        Captain Robert Thomas