News Story

 

Non-Fatal overdose investigation leads to three arrests
8/14/2017 3:00:00 PM

 

Nature of Incident:

Non-Fatal overdose investigation leads to three arrests

Report Number:

17-105743

Location:

Thousand Oaks 

Date & Time:

July 17th, 2017

Unit(s) Responsible:

Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit (PCU)

 

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

City of Residence

Age

(S) Kirsten Otto

(S) Robert Cortez

(S) Mitchell Joyce

 

Oak View

Ventura

Ventura

30

31

47

Narrative:

 

On July 17th 2017, deputies from the East County Patrol Station were dispatched to a non-fatal overdose in the city of Thousand Oaks.  The overdose victim in this case was transported to Los Robles Hospital for further evaluation and is expected to survive. 

 

A thorough investigation was initiated by the patrol deputy and the PCU was called to assist.  The investigation was able to identify the suspect who provided the heroin to the overdose victim as Kirsten Otto.  The investigation also revealed Otto was purchasing heroin from at least two other individuals who were identified as Robert Cortez and Mitchell Joyce. 

 

On August 1st, 2017, Otto was located and contacted in the unincorporated area of Ojai known as Oak View by a patrol deputy.  Otto was arrested for 11352(a) H&S ' sales of a controlled substance.  Otto was interviewed and booked into custody at the Ventura County Pre-Trial Detention Facility. 

 

On August 3rd, 2017, the District Attorney's Office elected to file one count of 11352(a) H&S against Otto.  Otto was arraigned in Ventura County Superior Court on her current charge and her bail was set at $50,000.00. 

 

On August 8th, 2017 both Castro and Joyce were determined to be in the Ventura County Jail for unrelated charges.  They were both interviewed and arrested for 11352(a) H&S ' sales of a controlled substance.

 

On August 10th, 2017 the District Attorney's Office elected to file one count of 11352(a) H&S against both Castro and Joyce.  They were arraigned in Ventura County Superior Court on their current charges and their bail was set at $100,000.00 each. 

 

The public may contact investigators from the Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit at (805) 383-8700 or pharm.tip@ventura.org with additional information about this case, or any other information related to narcotics.

  

The Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit is a task force made up of members from the Ventura County Sheriff's Office, Thousand Oaks Police Department, the California Highway Patrol, the Ventura Police Department, the Drug Enforcement Administration, 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 overdoses due to both prescription medication and illicit drug use. 

 

 

Prepared by:

Sergeant Matthew Young

 

News Release Date:

August 14th, 2017

 

Media Follow-Up Contact:

Detective Corey Nicholas

(805) 947-8705

Corey.nicholas@ventura.org

 

 

Approved by:

Captain Robert Thomas