Oxnard PD arrest felons for possession of Firearms

Investigators assigned to the Oxnard Police Department’s Firearms Task Force (FAST) concluded an investigation today on a person who was identified as being prohibited from owning or possessing firearms due to prior felony convictions. The prohibited person, 22 year old Enrique Castellanos, was located at a motel in Ventura. The investigation was a joint operation, which involved investigators from the Ventura Police Department and Oxnard Police Officers assigned to the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team.

At approximately noon today, Oxnard SWAT officers served a search warrant at a motel room in the City of Ventura, which was occupied by Castellanos. Castellanos was found in the room along with a loaded firearm, firearm parts, and approximately 400 rounds of ammunition. Castellanos was arrested for weapons violations, which included felon in possession of a firearm and felon in possession of ammunition. Also inside the motel room was 28 year old David Varela. Varela was found to be in possession of a concealed firearm when officers contacted him. Varela, himself a convicted felon and prohibited from possessing firearms, was arrested for weapons violations. Castellanos and Varela are both documented Oxnard gang members.


David Varela


Enrique Castellanos












In an effort to address recent increases 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 investigators in the Violent Crimes Unit, to proactively remove firearms from prohibited persons within the city. The objective is to reduce gun violence in Oxnard through education, intervention and enforcement.

The Oxnard Police Department continues to encourage residents to be partners in public safety as part of the Operation Safer and Stronger Initiative. Anyone with information regarding criminal activity is encouraged to contact the Oxnard Police Department at (805) 385-7600, or you can remain anonymous by calling the Ventura County Crime Stoppers at (805) 222-8477.

You can also provide information by going to the Ventura County Crimes Stoppers website, which is www.venturacountycrimestoppers.org/contactus.

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