News Story


Probation search leads to 7 arrests including owner of known drug house
8/7/2017 5:00:00 PM


Nature of Incident:

Probation search leads to 7 arrests including owner of a known drug house.


Report Number:



316 El Conejo Drive, Meiners Oaks

Date & Time:

8/06/2017 at 1230 hours

Unit(s) Responsible:

Ventura County Sheriff's Office


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

City of Residence

(S) Duane Crecelius

Meiners Oaks



On 08/06/2017, at approximately 12:30 PM, patrol deputies conducted a probation search at 316 El Conejo Drive in Meiners Oaks. In 2017, this residence had been responsible for 23 calls for service leading to 38 arrests.


During the probation search, patrol deputies contacted home owner Duane Crecelius and 6 other known suspects inside the residence.  Deputies found methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, and syringes inside the location.


Crecelius was arrested on the felony charge of HS 11366, opening or maintaining any place for the purpose of unlawfully selling, giving away, or using any controlled substance.  Crecelius was also charged with HS 11550(a), Under the influence of a controlled substance, HS 11364(a), possession of drug paraphernalia, and HS 11377(a), Possession of a controlled substance.


The six additional suspects found in the residence were arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance and/or violation of probation. 


Crecelius and the 6 suspects were booked into the Ventura County Main Jail on the felony and misdemeanor charges. Crecelius remains in custody where his bail is currently set at $15,000.


The Ventura County Sheriff's Office continues to be diligent in conducting probation searches throughout the Ojai Valley in areas where drug use and sales are suspected.   We encourage citizens to report all suspicious activity seen by calling 9-1-1.


Prepared by:

Deputy Havelka


News Release Date:



Media Follow-Up Contact:

Detective Regan (805) 646-1414


Approved by:

Captain Fryhoff