Firearms Arrest Related To Narcotics Overdose Investigation

On July 21, 2021, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit (PCU) concluded an investigation into Fidel Duran, who was wanted in connection with his sale of narcotics to a Fillmore resident which resulted in an overdose.

On June 12, 2021, Fillmore Patrol deputies were dispatched to a residence in the City of Fillmore reference a non-fatal drug overdose. PCU detectives handled the investigation and identified Duran as the suspect who sold fentanyl to the victim.

On July 21, 2021, PCU detectives located Duran in the City of Camarillo and arrested him. Detectives served a search warrant at Duran’s residence in the City of Santa Paula. During the service of the search warrant, detectives seized evidence related to the original narcotics sale, as well as a loaded handgun with a removed serial number. Duran is a convicted felon and currently on State Parole which prohibits him from possessing firearms.

Duran was booked into the Ventura County Jail for 11352 HS- Sales of a Controlled Substance, 29800(a)(1) PC- Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, 23900 PC- Possession of a Firearm with an Altered Serial Number, 30305(a)(1) PC- Possession of Ammunition by a Felon, and 3056 PC- Parole Violation.

Duran is ineligible to post bail due to his CDCR Parole Hold. He is scheduled for arraignment on July 23, 2021 in Ventura County Superior Court.

The public may contact investigators from the Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit at (805) 383-8700 or [email protected] with additional information about this case, or any other information related to narcotics.

The Ventura County Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit is a task force made up of members from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office and the Thousand Oaks Police Department; The primary mission of the task force is combatting the transfer of legal prescription medication and fentanyl to the illegal market. In addition, the task force works to identify and stop new trends of abuse among the younger population and investigates overdoses due to both prescription medication and illicit drug use.

Report Number: 21- 76466

Location: 700 block of Encino Place- Santa Paula

Date & Time: July 21, 2021 – 1445 hours

Unit(s) Responsible:        Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit (PCU),

                                           Ventura County Sheriff Narcotics Street Team,

                                           Camarillo Police Special Enforcement Detail,

                                           Camarillo Police Department Detective Bureau,

                                           Fillmore Police Department,

                                           National Guard Counter Drug Task Force,

(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age

(S) Fidel Duran                                      Santa Paula                       32


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