After months on the run Oxnard fugitive arrested for drug sales

On April 29, 2015, narcotics detectives from the West County Narcotics Street Team and Special Agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) conducted a search warrant service at a residence in the 300 block of East Yucca Street in the City of Oxnard. The search warrant was a result of a four month long investigation into the sales of methamphetamine.

During the service of the search warrant, it is believed that the suspect, Armando Celis, fled from the residence. The search at the residence yielded nearly two pounds of methamphetamine, 3 handguns, several hundred rounds of ammunition, indicia of drug sales, and an undisclosed amount of U.S. currency.

As a result of the items located, a felony arrest warrant was issued for Celis. Celis was believed to be on the run to avoid arrest since April.

On July 14, 2015, narcotics detectives observed Celis in the front yard of the residence on Yucca Street. Members from the Special Enforcement Unit (SEU) assisted and apprehended Celis for the arrest warrant. Narcotics detectives served another search warrant at the residence and nearly a pound of methamphetamine and indicia of drug sales was located.

Celis was arrested for possession of a controlled substance for sales and maintaining a place for drug use/sales in addition to the arrest warrant. Celis is currently in custody at the Ventura County Jail with bail set at $250,000.00 for each case.

The West County Narcotics Street Team is made up of detectives from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, Santa Paula Police Department, and the Oxnard Police Department working cooperatively in the investigation of narcotics offenses occurring in the western portion of Ventura County.

The Oxnard Police Department continues to encourage residents to be partners in public safety as part of the Operation Safer and Stronger initiative. Anyone with information regarding criminal activity is encouraged to contact the Oxnard Police Department at (805) 385-7600, or the Ventura County Crime Stoppers at (805) 222-8477 and www.venturacountycrimestoppers.org/

 

Armando Galindo

Armando Celis

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Oxnard Police Department

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