Sheriff arrests suspects for dealing cocaine to teenagers

On February 18, 2015, the Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit concluded an investigation into an organization dealing cocaine to teenagers and young adults in the east end area of Ventura County. George Ramirez, Francisco Ramirez, and Eddy Franco, all residents of Los Angeles, were arrested after it was learned they were in possession of nine ounces of cocaine destined for Ventura County. This investigation was a continuation of a prior investigation that was conducted in September of last year, when Marco and Sandy Cuevas were arrested for similar activity.

Search warrants were served at Ramirez’ residences in the 6600 block of Chimineas and 5600 block of Tyrone in the City of Los Angeles. Additional cocaine and several thousand dollars in US Currency were located at the Chimineas address. Motorcycle “chop-shops” were located at both locations and three stolen full motorcycles, two stolen motorcycle frames, a stolen motorcycle engine, and thousands of dollars in suspected stolen motorcycle parts were recovered. One of the motorcycles was stolen out of the City of Simi Valley. George Ramirez was also arrested for felony child endangerment when his three and eight year old children were found home alone with cocaine accessible to them.

George and Francisco Ramirez are in custody at the Ventura County Main Jail with a bail of $500,000. Eddy Franco is in custody at the Ventura County Main Jail with a bail of $100,000. They all have court dates on February 19, 2015.

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The Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit is a task force comprised of members from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, Simi Valley Police Department, the District Attorney’s Office Bureau of Investigation, and the California Highway Patrol. The primary mission of the task force is combatting the transfer of legal prescription medication to the illegal market. In addition, the task force works to identify and stop new trends of abuse among the younger population and investigates overdose deaths due to both prescription medication and illicit drug use. Anyone with information regarding these topics is encouraged to contact the Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit at (805) 383-8700 or via e-mail at [email protected].

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office East County Narcotics Street Team and the Ventura County Auto Theft Task Force assisted in the investigation.

Ventura County Sheriff’s Office

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