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    On July 1, 2022, Sheriff’s Gang Unit detectives conducted directed enforcement in the City of Fillmore and arrested a subject for various firearm, weapons, narcotics, and traffic violations.

    On July 1, 2022, at approximately 2114 hours, SGU detectives made a traffic stop on a vehicle in the 800 block of Ventura Street while conducting directed enforcement in the City of Fillmore. (S) Joseph Ramos was the driver and owner of the vehicle. Detectives subsequently searched the vehicle and located an unregistered semi-automatic handgun, ammunition, a Billy Club, methamphetamine, and other narcotics paraphernalia. Ramos was arrested for various firearm, weapons, narcotics, and traffic violations.

    On July 6, 2022, the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office filed multiple felony and misdemeanor charges against Ramos for the case. Ramos remains in Ventura County Jail custody with an upcoming court date and his bail was set at $100,000.00.

    The Sheriff’s Gang Unit is comprised of eight detectives, who focus on protecting West County communities from criminal street gang terrorism and reducing violent crime by actively investigating illegal firearm activities.

    The Sheriff’s Office has seen an increase of illegal firearm activities in Ventura County. If you have any information about unlawful firearm activities in the West County areas in the Sheriff’s Office jurisdiction, including in Fillmore, Saticoy, El Rio, and Ojai, please contact Detective Sergeant Beau Rodriguez at 805-767-0360.


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    C E Voigtsbergeer
    C E Voigtsbergeer
    1 month ago

    Oops, had the name wrong: Project Exile is a federal program started in Richmond, Virginia, in 1997. Project Exile shifted the prosecution of illegal technical gun possession offenses to federal court, where they carried a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in federal prison under the federal Gun Control Act of 1968, rather than in state court.”

    While I didn’t see the check funding the project, it is my understanding that the NRA provided the funding for the special federal prosecutor.

    C E Voigtsbergeer
    C E Voigtsbergeer
    1 month ago

    Perhaps if the District Attorney’s office actually prosecuted felon in possession of weapons instead of continuing them on probation after a very short stay in the county jail we just might have lower crime in the county. Instead of more laws to keep law abiding citizens from possession firearms, putting felons who are apprehended in possession of weapons in PRISON might have more effect on crime in general and crimes committed with firearms.

    When the NRA funded Operation Exile in Virginia — yes, that NRA put up money for a special prosecution team to prosecute felons in possession of weapons and not only did the crime rate go down but possession of weapons fell dramatically.

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