Thousand Oaks - Teen Arrested After Drug-Laced Treats He Sold Sickened Children
5/20/2013 2:15:00 PM
Nature of Incident:
800 Block of Tamlei Street, Thousand Oaks, CA
Date & Time:
5/16/2013, 1:30 PM
Sheriff's Office Narcotics Unit
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent
City of Residence
On 5/10/2013, deputies with the Thousand Oaks Police Department responded to a call on Los Cerritos Street in Thousand Oaks reference two minors who had overdosed. Deputies determined the juveniles had consumed rice crispy treats possibly laced with marijuana. The juveniles were both very lethargic and hallucinating and had to be transported by ambulance to Los Robles Medical Center for immediate medical treatment.
Detectives with the Sheriff's Office Narcotics Unit responded to the hospital to assist with the investigation. Detectives were able to gather enough information to lead them to a possible location where the minors obtained the rice crispy treats. The minors also gave detectives a description of the suspect who provided them with the treats. During the investigation, narcotic detectives were able to identify the suspect, a minor, and gathered enough evidence to obtain a search warrant for his residence.
On 5/16/2013, narcotic detectives served a search warrant at the suspect's residence located in the 800 block of Tamlei Street in Thousand Oaks. During the search of the residence, detectives located the substance used to lace the rice crispy treats consumed by the minors as well as cooking implements used to the make the laced treats.
The suspect was not home when the search warrant was served, but he was detained at a different location and taken into custody. The suspect was arrested for possession for sales of a controlled substance, sales of a controlled substance, and child endangerment. He was booked at the Ventura County Juvenile Justice Center in Oxnard.
Over the past several years, law enforcement has seen an increase in marijuana usage by teenagers. Marijuana is a powerful and addictive drug that has debilitating effects. We encourage parents to speak with their children about the dangers of marijuana use and all drugs. If a parent suspects their child may be using narcotics or they have questions or need resources, they can contact Thousand Oaks Police Department or their local police agency for assistance. The Thousand Oaks Police Department can be reached by calling the Sheriff Office Dispatch Center, (805) 654-9511 or calling the station directly during regular business hours, (805) 494-8200.
Sgt. Jose Rivera
Media Release Date:
Sgt. Jose Rivera, 805-383-8700
Captain J. Hernandez
Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime. The caller may remain anonymous. The call is not recorded. Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).