During the month of December 2021, The Ventura County Money Laundering Task Force (VCMLTF) began an investigation into a seventeen-year-old Ventura resident who was manufacturing and selling Polymer 80 Firearms and narcotics. Polymer 80 semi-automatic handguns are sold commercially as incomplete, without serial numbers, and must be further manufactured to make them into functioning firearms.
During the investigation, VCMLTF detectives identified the subject, his residence, and developed enough evidence to obtain a search warrant for the subject and his residence. On February 17, 2022, with the assistance of detectives from the Ventura Street Crimes Unit (SCU), the seventeen-year-old was located in the passenger seat of a vehicle in the City of Ventura and detained pursuant to the search warrant. Detectives served the search warrant at the residence and a sixteen-year-old was contacted in the residence. The sixteen-year-old was armed with a concealed Polymer 80 firearm which was loaded. During a search of the residence, detectives located an additional loaded Polymer 80 firearm, a large amount of US Currency, evidence of drug sales, and evidence of firearm manufacturing.
The seventeen-year-old was placed under arrest for several firearm and drug related charges and transported to juvenile hall.
The sixteen-year-old was issued a notice to appear in juvenile court and released to the custody and care of his mother.
The Ventura County Money Laundering Task Force (VCMLTF) is comprised of the Oxnard Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU) Detectives and Special Agents from the FBI.
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.