Thousand Oaks | Narcotics/Fentanyl Arrest

Ventura County Sheriff Department – Incident Press Release

On September 27th 2018, detectives from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit (PCU) assisted by the Thousand Oaks Directed Enforcement Unit (DEU) and the Thousand Oaks Special Enforcement Unit (SEU) concluded a two week narcotic investigation into 23 year old Malibu resident, Donovan Ruiz, who was involved in the sales of suspected Fentanyl to residents of Ventura and Los Angeles Counties. Ruiz is suspected of being the source of supply of Fentanyl to many users in Ventura County. Fentanyl sold by Ruiz was eventually consumed by a victim in the city of Thousand Oaks who later overdosed and died.

Detectives located and detained Ruiz in Malibu and served a signed search warrant at his residence located in the 25000 block of Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu. During this investigation detectives were able to seize evidence related to Ruiz’s selling of illegal controlled substances.

Ruiz was booked into custody at the Ventura County Main Jail facility for 11352 H&S – Sales of a controlled substance. Additional charging enhancements related to the overdose death are probable. Ruiz’s bail was set at $500,000 and he is scheduled to be arraigned in Ventura County Superior Court on Monday October 1st at 1:30PM.

The Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit is a task force made up of members from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, Thousand Oaks Police Department, the California Highway Patrol, the Simi Valley Police Department, and the Ventura Police Department. The primary mission of the task force is combating 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 overdoses due to both prescription medication and illicit drug use.

The public may also anonymously use the email [email protected] to report pharmaceutical related crimes involving prescription medications.

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