East County - Man Arrested for Dealing Cocaine, Steroids, Molly
2/12/2014 2:00:00 PM
Nature of Incident:
Molly / Steroid / Cocaine Dealer Arrested
20400 block of Ventura Boulevard, Los Angeles
Date & Time:
February 12, 2014
Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent
City of Residence
(S) Victor Pinto
The Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit in conjunction with the United States Drug Enforcement Administration concluded a one month investigation with the arrest of Victor Pinto and the service of a search warrant at his residence in Los Angeles on February 12, 2014.
Investigators recently learned information that identified Victor Pinto as a source of supply of Molly, steroids, and cocaine to Ventura County residents in Thousand Oaks and Simi Valley. Investigators were able to gather enough evidence to arrest Pinto for sales of drugs. Pinto was arrested in a parking lot in the 20400 block of Ventura Boulevard, in the City of Los Angeles. He had over a half pound of Molly on his person possessed for sales.
The drug Molly may represent any number of Ecstasy type drugs currently on the illicit market. In this case, the drug Methylone was being sold as Molly. It is similar to ecstasy in that it provides users with a euphoric high similar to other illegal stimulants and hallucinogens.
The service of the search warrant resulted in the seizure of a half-pound of cocaine, another twenty ounces of molly, and a large amount of steroids, all possessed for sale. Additionally, over $50,000, two expensive vehicles, and a motorcycle, all believed to be derivative of drug sales, were seized.
Pinto was booked into the Ventura County Main Jail in lieu of $500,000 bail. His court date is pending.
The Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit is comprised of members of law enforcement from the Ventura County Sheriff's Office, Simi Valley Police Department, and the Ventura County District Attorney's Office Bureau of Investigation. The main mission of the unit is to stem the flow of prescription medication to the illegal market. A secondary, and equally important related, mission is identifying and stopping new trends of non-traditional drug sales that target teenagers and young adults in Ventura County.
Sergeant Victor Fazio
Media Release Date:
February 13, 2014
Sergeant Victor Fazio
Captain Curt Rothschiller