News Story


Santa Paula - Illegal Firearm and Narcotics Arrests
5/30/2014 12:00:00 PM


Nature of Incident:

Illegal Firearm and Drug Arrests

Report Number:



300 Block of North 14th Street, Santa Paula

Date & Time:

5/30/2014 @ 0900

Unit(s) Responsible:

Sheriff's Gang Unit

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

City of Residence



Perez, Cornelio


Perez, Elizabeth


Vargas, Gerardo


Santa Paula


Santa Paula


Santa Paula










On May 30, 2014, the Sheriff's Gang Unit served a search warrant at the home of Cornelio Perez in the City of Santa Paula.  Detectives located 4 handguns, 1 sawed-off shotgun, and several hundred rounds of ammunition in the residence.  A registration check of the firearms revealed that none of the handguns were registered to Perez or anyone in the household.  Cornelio Perez is a convicted felon and prohibited from owning or possessing firearms.  Cornelio Perez was arrested for possession of firearms by a prohibited person.


Elizabeth Perez and Gerardo Vargas were at the location during the service of the search warrant.  Perez was found with a small quantity of methamphetamine and Vargas was under the influence of a controlled substance.


Cornelio Perez, Elizabeth Perez, and Gerardo Vargas were all booked at the Ventura County Jail.  The investigation into the true ownership of the firearms is on-going. 


Prepared by:

Senior Deputy Brian Slominski


Media Release Date:



Follow-Up Contact:

Senior Deputy Brian Slominski 805-677-8771



Approved by:

Captain David Kenney



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).