News Story


Santa Paula - Detectives Arrest Suspected Methamphetamine Dealer
4/14/2014 10:00:00 AM


Nature of Incident:

Narcotics Arrest

Report Number:



200 block E. Harvard Blvd, Santa Paula

Date & Time:

April 11, 2014

Unit(s) Responsible:

Sheriff's Narcotics Bureau West County Street Team, Santa Paula Police Department,

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

City of Residence


Joseph Espinoza






Investigators contacted Joseph Espinoza knowing he was wanted for a misdemeanor traffic warrant and discovered evidence of methamphetamine sales.


On April 11, Sheriff and Santa Paula Police investigators were conducting surveillance at a parking lot in the 200 block of East Harvard Blvd, Santa Paula. Detectives had received information this was an area known for narcotics sales. While there, detectives saw Joseph Espinoza drive into the lot. Knowing Espinosa had an active misdemeanor traffic warrant, he was contacted and arrested. A search of his vehicle revealed one ounce of methamphetamine, a scale, and other indicia of methamphetamine sales. Espinoza was arrested for the outstanding warrant, transportation of methamphetamine, and possession of methamphetamine for sale. He was booked into the Sheriff's Main Jail.


The Sheriff's Narcotics Bureau, West County Street Team, is made up of narcotics detectives from the Ventura County Sheriff's Office and the Santa Paula Police Department. This team works cooperatively to conduct narcotics investigations in the western portion of Ventura County.




Prepared by:

Sgt Mike Horne


Media Release Date:

April 14, 2014


Follow-Up Contact:

Capt. Don Aguilar



Approved by:

Capt. Rob Davidson