During the month of March 2022, The Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU) received a complaint regarding an illegal marijuana cultivation occurring inside a business building located in the 1500 block of South Oxnard Blvd. DEU Detectives contacted the detectives from the Department of Cannabis Control (DCC) – Los Angeles Field Office. With the assistance of DCC Detectives, DEU Detectives verified that the business was not a licensed facility to cultivate marijuana. Detectives developed probable cause to obtain a search warrant for the business.
On April 1, 2022, with the assistance of the Oxnard Special Enforcement Unit (SEU), DEU detectives served a search warrant at the business. While serving the search warrant, officers encountered heavy fortification on the building. The suspect, Boris Poghosyon refused to exit the building and surrender to the officers. Deputies from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office (VCSO) responded to assist in the investigation. After approximately three hours, officers were able to gain access into the building to conduct a search. Poghosyon was found hiding in the ceiling of the business. He was taken into custody without incident.
Once the building was secure, DEU detectives began a search of the business. During the search of the business, Detectives located large plastic containers containing liquid fertilizer. The Oxnard Fire Department was on scene and inspected the containers before detectives continued the search. Detectives also learned that the business was being operated from two large generators and the power to the business was altered. Southern California Edison responded to the business to verify the safety of the electricity at the business.
Detectives located approximately twenty pounds of processed marijuana and over seven hundred marijuana plants in various stages of growth.
Upon completion of the investigation, the building was red-tagged and the power was removed from the business, pending further investigation. Boris Poghosyan was placed under arrest for cultivation of marijuana and resisting or delaying a police officer during the course of his/her duty, both misdemeanors.
The Oxnard Police Department is committed to reducing narcotics related crimes in the City of Oxnard. Anyone with information regarding this case or other 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 by calling the Ventura County Crime Stoppers. at (800)222-8477. You can also visit their website: www.venturacountycrimestoppers.org to submit a tip via text or email.