News Story

 

West County - Illegal Firearms and Gang Activity
3/15/2014 8:00:00 AM

 

Nature of Incident:

Illegal Firearm Activities within Ventura County

Report Number:

14-5074, 14-5660, 14-5736

Location:

County of Ventura

Date & Time:

March 5th through March 13th, 2014

Unit(s) Responsible:

Sheriff's Gang Unit

(S)uspects 

City of Residence

Age

(S) Rolando Gallardo

(S) Joseph Lopez

(S) Timothy Medina

Oxnard

Fillmore

El Rio

28

25

20

Narrative:

During the beginning of March 2014, members of the Sheriff's Gang Unit conducted a series of search warrants and probation searches in various areas of Ventura County.  During the searches, 3 handguns were recovered, which were found to be in possession of different gang members within the county.

 

On March 5th, 2014, the Sheriff's Gang Unit served a warrant in the 100 block of Benicia Way in Oxnard.  During the warrant, a known member of a criminal street gang, (S) Rolando Gallardo, was found to be in possession of a firearm and methamphetamine for sales.  He was arrested for various drug and weapons charges.  He is currently out of custody pending the investigation.

 

On March 12th, 2014, the Sheriff's Gang Unit conducted a probation search in the 200 block of Palm Street in Fillmore.  During the probation search, a warrant suspect, (S) Joseph Lopez, was found to be hiding inside the residence.  Joseph Lopez is a known member of a criminal street gang and a convicted felon.  He was found to be in possession of a controlled substance while armed with a handgun.  He was arrested for the warrant, and a variety of drug and weapons charges.

 

On March 13th, 2014, the Sheriff's Gang Unit conducted a probation search in the 400 block of Stroube Street, which is located in the unincorporated area of Oxnard, known as El Rio.  During the probation search, a known documented member of a criminal street gang, (S) Timothy Medina, was found to be in possession of a loaded handgun.  At the time, Medina was out on bail pending a court case for a gang-related robbery.  Medina was arrested for the loaded gun and is currently in custody with $750,000 bail.

 

Prepared by:

Detective J. Foote #4423

 

Media Release Date:

March 15th, 2014

 

Follow-Up Contact:

Sheriff's Gang Unit @ (805) 654-2856

 

Approved by:

Captain Luis Obregon

 






 

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).

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