News release - 1/30/2014

Published 1/30/2014 (all press releases for this day)


Jeri Williams
Chief of Police
Oxnard Police Department

R. Jason Benites
Assistant Chief

Scott Whitney
Assistant Chief

OXNARD POLICE DEPARTMENT

NEWS RELEASE

INCIDENT: Search Warrant Served at Suspected Drug House / Post Release Offender (PRO) Arrest
DATE/TIME: 1/30/14 at approximately 7:30 A.M.
LOCATION: 400 block Ocotlan Way, Oxnard
SUSPECT(S): Jaime Martinez, 48 years old, Oxnard resident
Jose Gutierrez, 30 years old, Oxnard resident
Thomas Eaves, 20 years old, Oxnard resident
Griselda Zaragoza, 36 years old, Oxnard resident
Marina Barcenas, 34 years old, Oxnard resident
Jonnie Gagliardo, 30 years old, Oxnard resident
Gilberto Placencia, 50 years old, Oxnard resident
Alexander Benavidez, 46 years old, Oxnard resident
Juan Soto, 31 years old, Oxnard resident
Matthew Hernandez, 31 years old, Oxnard resident
PREPARED BY: Detective James Langford
CONTACT PERSON &
CONTACT INFO:
Detective James Langford, Narcotics Unit, 805-385-7638

DETAILS:On January 30, 2014, at about 7:30 A.M, members of the Oxnard Police Department’s Narcotics Unit, Property Crimes Unit, and Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team served a search warrant at a residence in the 400 block of Ocotlan Way in the Oxnard.  The search warrant was a result of a year-long investigation of the residence being used for the purposes of selling and using narcotics.

 
During the search warrant, ten (10) persons were located at the residence along with narcotics, narcotics paraphernalia, stolen property, a loaded short barrel shotgun, and ammunition.
 
All ten persons located at the residence were arrested for the following offenses:
  • Jaime Martinez, arrested on suspicion of maintaining a place for the use or sales of narcotics and possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Jose Gutierrez, arrested on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance
  • Thomas Eaves, arrested on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance
  • Griselda Zaragoza, arrested on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance
  • Marina Barcenas, arrested on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance
  • Jonnie Gagliardo, arrested on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance
  • Gilberto Placencia, arrested on suspicion of providing false information to a peace officer, a parole violation, and three outstanding warrants
  • Alexander Benavidez, arrested on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance
  • Juan Soto, arrested on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance and three outstanding warrants
  • Matthew Hernandez, arrested on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, felon in possession of a firearm, felon in possession of ammunition, possession of prescription scripts, and possession of a short barrel shot gun.  Hernandez was also found to be a suspect in an unrelated case and was also arrested on suspicion of burglary and possession of a stolen and forged script
 
Hernandez is currently in the Post Release Offender Program, created by Assembly Bill 109 – the 2011 Public Safety Realignment – which 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 arenot considered.
 
This case would not have been possible if not for the several anonymous tips we received during the original investigation. The Oxnard Police Department encourages anyone with information on this case to call Detective Langford at (805) 385-7638. We also encourage anyone with narcotic related information to call our Narcotic Hotline at (805) 982-7084 and leave an anonymous tip.   The investigation is ongoing.
 
 
DATE / TIME PREPARED:  January 30, 2014, 4:30 P.M.

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