Manufacturing Fentanyl / Firearm / Narcotics Sales Arrest

DATE: October 5, 2021, 7:00 p.m.

SUBJECT: Manufacturing Fentanyl / Firearm / Narcotics Sales Arrest

SUSPECTS: Gabriel Cardenas, 37-year-old Oxnard resident Martin Ipatzi, 29-year-old Oxnard resident  

LOCATION: 1100 South J Street, Oxnard                                                          

CONTACT: Brandon Ordelheide, Sergeant 805-256-5121, [email protected]

On January 26, 2021, DEU detectives served a search warrant at a residence in the 1100 block of South J Street. During the service of the search warrant, detectives located a large quantity of fentanyl and a fentanyl processing lab. During the month of September, DEU detectives learned that subjects were continuing to process fentanyl and sell narcotics from the residence. Detectives developed enough probable cause to obtain a second search warrant for the residence.    

On October 5, 2021, DEU detectives were conducting surveillance at the residence when a known drug offender, Martin Ipatzi, engaged in a suspected narcotics transaction at the residence. Ipatzi was stopped by uniformed patrol officers and found to be in possession of narcotics. Ipatzi was arrested for misdemeanor narcotics offenses.

After Ipatzi was arrested, DEU detectives served the search warrant at the residence. During the service of the search warrant, Gabriel Cardenas fled the residence on foot. After a short foot pursuit, Cardenas was taken to the ground and surrendered without further incident. Cardenas was found in possession of a large quantity of US Currency.

DEU detectives conducted a search of the residence and located multiple pounds of methamphetamine, multiple pounds of processed fentanyl, over a pound of pure fentanyl, cutting agents, a processing machine, a firearm, and further evidence of narcotics processing and sales. Gabriel Cardenas was arrested for felony narcotics related crimes. This is Cardenas’ fourth narcotics sales arrest in Ventura County. Cardenas was booked into Ventura County Jail with a bail request of $1,000,000.

The Oxnard Police Department is committed to reducing drug overdoses 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.


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