News Story

 

Narcotics Trafficking Organization / Arrests
5/17/2017 5:11:00 PM

 

Nature of Incident:

Narcotics Trafficking Organization / Arrests

Report Number:

17-61104

Location:

Santa Paula Auto Center, 1055 E. Main Street, Santa Paula

400 Blk Trent Lane, Santa Paula

6600 Blk Bristol Road, Ventura

12900 Blk Glenoaks Boulevard, Sylmar

15200 Blk Rex Street, Sylmar

 

Date & Time:

May 12, 2017  12:00 PM

Unit(s) Responsible:

Ventura County Sheriff's Office, Oxnard Police Department, California Highway Patrol, Drug Enforcement Agency, and National Guard ' Counter Drug Task Force

 

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

City of Residence

Age

Eric Curtis

Manuel Arana

Ricardo Gonzalez

Domingo Nunez

Ventura

Santa Paula

Sylmar

Sylmar

32

48

38

35

 

Narrative:

 

Over the past several months, the Sheriff's Office Special Crimes Unit has been investigating a drug trafficking organization working in Ventura County.  The investigation led to the seizure of methamphetamine, cocaine, a firearm, US currency, and the arrests of Curtis, Arana, Gonzalez, and Nunez.   

 

In early 2017, detectives received information narcotics were being sold from the Santa Paula Auto Center at 1055 E. Main Street in Santa Paula.  An investigation began and it was determined the owner of the business, Eric Curtis, and his close business associate, Manuel Arana, were organizing shipments of methamphetamine and cocaine to the business.  The narcotics were then sold in smaller quantities to street level narcotics dealers.  The legitimate side of the auto repair business concealed the illicit narcotic trafficking that was occurring.

 

On May 12, 2017 Investigators executed search warrants at five different locations resulting in the seizure of narcotics, a handgun, ammunition, and a large sum of U.S. currency.  During the course of the investigation, investigators seized 2.7 pounds of cocaine and 1.6 pounds of methamphetamine.  The amount of cocaine seized would provide over 12,600 doses of cocaine to a user with a street value in excess of $126,000.00.  The amount of methamphetamine seized would provide over 7,650 doses of methamphetamine to a user with a street value in excess of $76,600.00.

 

Curtis was arrested for possessing narcotics for sale, sales of a controlled substance, and conspiracy.  Curtis is currently in custody with bail set at $500,000.00.  Arana was arrested for possessing narcotics for sale, sales of a controlled substance, possession of a firearm, and conspiracy.  Arana is currently in custody with bail set at $500,000.00.  Gonzales was arrested for possessing narcotics for sale, sales of a controlled substance, and conspiracy.  Gonzalez is currently in custody with bail set at $500,000.00.  Nunez was arrested for possessing narcotics for sale, sales of a controlled substance, and conspiracy.  Nunez is currently in custody with bail set at $500,000.00.    

 

Prepared by:

Detective J. Velazquez  - Oxnard Police

 

Media Release Date:

May 15, 2017

 

Follow-Up Contact:

Detective Eduardo Malagon  805-383-8777

 

Approved by:

Captain Robert Thomas

 






 

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