DATE: March 16, 2021, 1:40 P.M.
SUBJECT: Gang Members Arrested for Possession of Firearms and Controlled Substances for Sale
LOCATION: 2000 Block of East Pleasant Valley Road
CONTACT: Martin Cook, Sergeant
(805) 385-7600 | firstname.lastname@example.org
On March 16, at approximately 1:40 p.m., Officers from the Oxnard Police Department Special Enforcement Unit (gang unit) conducted a traffic stop of a silver Mercedes C300 at the 2000 Block of East Pleasant Valley Road. Officers contacted two subjects in the vehicle, Jose Santillan (37yrs) and Peter Robledo (25yrs). Both Santillan and Robledo are known criminal street gang members within the City of Oxnard and the City of Ventura. Robledo is a Post Release Offender for domestic violence and Santillan is also on probation in the County of Ventura. Santillan and Robledo were both found to have felony warrants for their arrest, and are prohibited persons from possessing firearms or ammunition.
Officers had Robledo exit the vehicle, and Robledo was found to have a loaded P80 (Glock Style) 9 millimeter semi-automatic handgun concealed in his front waistband. The P80 handgun also had a threaded barrel that can be used to place a suppressor on the tip of the barrel. Santillan was found to have a loaded Beretta APX 9 millimeter handgun concealed in the center console of his vehicle. Both Santillan and Robledo were also found to be in possession of a large quantity of methamphetamine, cash and other items indicative of controlled substance sales. Homeless Liaison Officers and Drug Enforcement Unit officers responded, and Santillan and Robledo were arrested without further incident for numerous felony firearms offences and felony possession of methamphetamine for sale.
Robledo is currently in the Post Release Offender Program, created by Assembly Bill 109 – the 2011 Public Safety Realignment – that was effective October 1, 2011. This program mandates that individuals sentenced to non-violent, non-serious (irrespective of priors) or non-sex offenses will serve their sentences in county jails instead of state prison. The public should be aware that release under AB 109 is based on the offender’s most recent committing offense. Prior convictions are not considered.
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.