DATE: May 17, 2020, 8:00 P.M.
SUBJECT: Gang Member / Prohibited Person Arrested for Possession of Narcotics for Sale and for Possession of Ammunition
LOCATION: San Juan Ave. at Bard Rd., Oxnard
SUSPECT: Jessie Cortez, 32 year old Oxnard resident
CONTACT: Christopher Williams, Commander
(805) 207-7234 | christopher.williams@Oxnardpd.org
On May 17, at approximately 7:45 p.m. officers from the Oxnard Special Enforcement Unit (Gang Unit) were patrolling near the area of Bard and San Juan when they came upon a non-injury traffic collision. While the officers were assisting the motorist with the exchanging of their information, officers recognized one of the passengers as documented gang member Jessie Cortez. Officers were aware that Cortez was on supervised release and that on May 7th, he was arrested by the Special Enforcement Unit for possessing a loaded/concealed handgun.
Officers verified Cortez’ probation and then conducted a probation search at Cortez’ residence. During the search officers located a large quantity of methamphetamine. Based on the amount of methamphetamine officers believed the methamphetamine was possessed for the purpose of sales. Officers also located handgun magazines along with ammunition. Based on Cortez’ criminal history, he is prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition.
The Oxnard Police Department’s Special Enforcement Unit is committed to reducing gang crimes and gun violence in the City of Oxnard through the strict enforcement of laws specifically targeting known, active gang members residing in the city. Anyone with information regarding this case or other criminal activity is encouraged to contact the Oxnard Police Department at (805) 385-7600, or online via the Oxnard Police Department’s website: www.oxnardpd.org, and clicking on Report Suspicious Activity. You can remain anonymous if you choose to do so. You can remain anonymous by calling the Ventura County Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477. You can also visit this site: www.venturacountycrimestoppers.org to submit a tip via text or email.
DATE / TIME PREPARED: May 17, 2020 / 2350 hours