News Story


Ventura - Pair Arrested for Sales of Narcotics
3/16/2014 10:00:00 AM


Nature of Incident:

Narcotics Arrests

Report Number:



Olive St at McFarlane St, Ventura

Date & Time:

March 14, 2014

Unit(s) Responsible:

Sheriff's Narcotics Bureau, West County Street Team

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

City of Residence


Jorge Garcia

Leah Montijo

Santa Paula






At the conclusion of a month long investigation, Leah Montijo and Jorge Garcia were arrested for several narcotics and weapon charges.


In February 2014, Sheriff's narcotics detectives received information that Leah Montijo was selling methamphetamine from her residence in the city of Ventura. While conducting a surveillance of Montijo, detectives saw what appeared to be Montijo engaged in several narcotics transactions. Detectives identified a male subject with Montijo as Jorge Garcia, a documented Santa Paula gang member.


In early March, detectives received information that Garcia was involved in an incident in the city of Oxnard that resulted in the recovery of a stolen vehicle. Inside the vehicle, Oxnard police officers found a large quantity of heroin and a loaded handgun. Garcia evaded officers during this incident, but sufficient evidence was located to tie Garcia to the crime.


A Search Warrant was obtained for Montijo's person and residence.  On March 14, 2014, Sheriff's detectives observed Montijo and Garcia leave Montijo's Ventura residence. A Sheriff's Office patrol unit was requested to stop the vehicle to take Garcia into custody and execute the Search Warrant on Montijo.  When the deputy driving the patrol unit activated the overhead lights and siren, Garcia sped away on McFarlane Street at a high rate of speed in an attempt to evade the deputy.  When trying to turn onto Olive Street, Garcia lost control and collided with the curb on the west side of the street.  At this time Garcia's vehicle was partially disabled and the patrol unit and a detective unit were able to block it in and prevent Garcia from fleeing.  Garcia was then seen throwing a plastic bag from the vehicle.  As officers approached the vehicle, they discovered that Montijo's 9 year old son was a passenger in the back seat.  When ordered to step away from the vehicle, Garcia used the boy as a shield and initially refused to comply with their directives. Ultimately, officers were able to remove the combative Garcia and take him and Montijo into custody. The thrown plastic bag was found to contain several ounces of methamphetamine.


A search of the vehicle revealed approximately 5 ounces of heroin, 12 ounces of methamphetamine, a large sum of cash, and a loaded handgun. The handgun was later determined to have been stolen during a burglary in Northern California in late February, 2014.


The Search Warrant served at Montijo's residence revealed a small quantity of methamphetamine and an additional handgun.


Garcia was arrested for conspiracy, felony child endangering, possession of heroin and methamphetamine for sale, transportation of heroin and methamphetamine, evading arrest, being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, and possession of a controlled substance with a firearm.


Montijo was arrested for conspiracy, felony child endangering, possession of heroin and methamphetamine for sale, transportation of heroin and methamphetamine, and resisting arrest.


Both were booked into the Sheriff's Main Jail.  Bail is set at $500,000.00




Prepared by:

Sgt.  Mike Horne


Media Release Date:

March 16, 2014


Follow-Up Contact:

Capt. Don Aguilar  805-797-7349



Approved by:

Capt. Mark Franke