News Story

 

Oak Park - Non-Fatal Overdose Investigation Leads to Arrest
2/28/2018 10:00:00 AM

 

Nature of Incident:

Non-Fatal overdose investigation leads to an arrest

Report Number:

16-113882

Location:

Oak Park

Date & Time:

February 28th, 2018

Unit(s) Responsible:

Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit (PCU)

(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age

(S) Joseph Pignatiello    Los Angeles    28

Narrative:

During July 2016, the deputies assigned to the East County Patrol Station were dispatched to a

non-fatal heroin overdose in Oak Park. The victim was transported to Los Robles Hospital in

Thousand Oaks for treatment. The victim survived the overdose.

A thorough investigation was initiated by the patrol deputies and the Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit

was called to assist. The investigators were able to identify the suspect as Joseph Pignatiello

from the Los Angeles area. Pignatiello sold the heroin to the victim.

On January 17th, 2018, Pignatiello was located in the City of Thousand Oaks and arrested for

11352(a) H&S ' sales of a controlled substance. Pignatiello was interviewed and booked into

custody at the East Valley Jail.

On February 1st, 2018, this case was forwarded to the District Attorney's office for review. The

District Attorney's office elected to file 1 felony count of sales of a controlled substance against

Pignatiello.

The public may contact investigators from the Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical

Crimes Unit at (805) 383-8700 or

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 Simi Valley Police Department, the

Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Health Quality Investigation Unit of the California

Division of Investigation. 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.

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.

pharm.tip@ventura.org with additional information about this

Prepared by:

Sergeant Matthew Young

News Release Date:

February 28th, 2018

Media Follow-Up Contact:

(805) 796-9788

Stephen.egnatchik@ventura.org

Detective Stephen Egnatchik

Approved by:

Captain Robert Thomas