News release - 2/17/2012

Published 2/17/2012 (all press releases for this day)

Jeri Williams
Chief of Police
Oxnard Police Department

R. Jason Benites
Assistant Chief

Scott Whitney
Assistant Chief


INCIDENT Narcotics arrest by Ventura County Combined Agencies Team (VCAT)
DATE/TIME February 15, 2012 at noon 
LOCATION Seventh Street and Hobson Way, Oxnard 
SUSPECT Jose Luis Naranjo Heredia, 46, Oxnard resident 
PREPARED BY Sergeant Mike Van Atta 

Detectives from the Ventura County Combined Agencies Team (VCAT) and the Oxnard PD narcotics unit made an arrest on Wednesday resulting in the seizure of just under four pounds of heroin. An ongoing investigation revealed that Jose Luis Naranjo Heredia, 46, was distributing heroin throughout the city of Oxnard. Naranjo Heredia was contacted in the area of Hobson and Seventh Streets on February 15, 2012. An Oxnard PD K-9 located a quantity of heroin concealed in Heredia’s vehicle.

Detectives subsequently served a search warrant at Heredia’s residence and located an additional three and a half pounds of heroin along with other materials associated with the packaging of heroin for distribution. The heroin seized has a potential street value of $136,000.00.

VCAT is a multi agency taskforce comprised of investigators from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department, Oxnard Police Department, Ventura County District Attorney’s office and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
The public needs to be aware of the dangers of heroin use. Heroin, an opiate narcotic, is an illegal and highly addictive drug. Heroin and other opioids primary addictive qualities are exerted on those regions of the brain and central nervous system that are responsible for the pleasure sensation of “reward” and the “physical / psychological dependence syndrome.” Heroin itself, as well as the drug abusing lifestyle, may suppress the body’s immune system. This suppression makes users at higher risk for infections, some life threatening. Intravenous drug abusers account for the highest percentage of HIV (AIDS) and hepatitis infected population.
Anyone with information on those responsible for distributing illicit drugs anywhere in Ventura County should notify their local law enforcement agency.


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