Oxnard Police Department – Incident Press Release
On June 29, 2019, at approximately 7:48 p.m., officers from the Oxnard Police Department were patrolling the Southwinds Neighborhood in Oxnard. They contacted Samuel Vargas, an 18 year old Oxnard resident, sitting in a vehicle in the 400 Block of Campbell Way.
During the contact with Vargas, officers located a loaded handgun concealed under the driver’s seat Vargas was sitting in. Vargas was placed under arrest and subsequently charged with felony possession of a loaded unregistered firearm and felony possession of a firearm while under the influence of a controlled substance.
In an effort to address the increase in firearms-related crimes, the Oxnard Police Department launched the Operation Safer and Stronger Initiative, as well as the Firearms Strike Team (FAST) led by the Violent Crimes Unit, to proactively remove firearms from prohibited persons within the city. The objective of this initiative and FAST is to reduce gun violence in Oxnard through education, intervention, and enforcement.
Anyone with information regarding 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.