News Story


Countywide - Narcotics Task Force Arrests Heroin Trafficker
4/28/2014 8:00:00 AM


Nature of Incident:

Heroin Seizure

Report Number:



Various communities within Ventura County

Date & Time:

4-26-2014 @ 1000 hours

Unit(s) Responsible:

Ventura County Combined Agency  Narcotic Task Force

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

City of Residence


Everardo Maya




On 4-26-2014, the Ventura County Combined Agency Narcotic Task Force (VCAT) concluded a three-month investigation with the seizure over 22 lbs. of high grade heroin and arrest of a Mexican citizen suspected of smuggling the heroin into the United States.  The investigation revealed that the heroin was destined for the city of Oxnard.


This investigation was initiated after VCAT investigators learned an individual, identified as Everardo Mayo, was working for a Mexican Drug Trafficking Organization (DTO) and smuggling large quantities of heroin from Mexico to Ventura County, as well as other Southern California areas.   On 4-26-2014, VCAT investigators detained Mayo in the City of Paramount, and found he was in possession of over 10 pounds of heroin.  Investigators also searched a related residence in the 14900 block of Downey Avenue, Paramount, where Mayo was believed to be storing additional heroin.  More than10 pounds of heroin were seized at the residence along with evidence the heroin had recently entered the U.S.  Mayo was booked into the Los Angeles County Jail for possessing heroin with the intent to sell and transportation of heroin.  His bail is set at $250,000.00. Mayo is scheduled to appear in Los Angeles County Superior Court on 4-29-2014. The 22 lbs. of heroin has a potential street value of approximately two million dollars.


This VCAT investigation was a collaborative effort between the Ventura County Sheriff's Office, the Oxnard Police Department, the Ventura County District Attorney's Office, and the Drug Enforcement Administration.



Prepared by:

Sergeant Robert Thomas


Media Release Date:



Follow-Up Contact:

Sergeant Robert Thomas - 805-383-8710



Approved by:

Captain Rothschiller



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).