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Ventura County sheriff’s deputies bust heroin ring
Published On: 04-06-2018 in Category: Heroin
Ventura County sheriff’s deputies, along with officers from various law enforcement agencies, recently concluded their two-month joint probe into drug delivery services. Their combined efforts led to the seizure of nearly one pound of heroin, three cars, $80,000 in cash, and 10 guns. Besides, 30 individuals were arrested for their alleged involvement in delivering heroin to clients in Thousand Oaks, Camarillo, Simi Valley, and Moorpark.
In the past six years, Thousand Oaks has witnessed 149 overdose cases involving opioids, while 1,819 similar cases have been reported from across Ventura County. Though the majority of overdoses were not fatal, authorities said they were results of heroin and prescription opioid abuse. Such a spike in overdose rates pushed authorities to investigate the source of incidents.
In January 2018, deputies came to know of a heroin-distribution ring functioning under the name of Flaco’s or Art’s. According to investigating officers, 45-year-old Jose Zepeda of Los Angeles headed the drug delivery services between Mexico and the U.S., and handled the proceeds. He was one of the many highest-ranking ring members entrusted with the task of recruiting new fellows, dispatching and tracking drug consignments, and coordinating with clients, besides being a part-time delivery driver.
Further investigations led to the identification of three drivers from the Los Angeles areas: 21-year-old Eduardo Garcia, 27-year-old Miguel Garcia, and 34-year-old Ruben Correa. Moreover, the bust also led to the arrest of 33-year-old Alexander Wisotsky at his Thousand Oaks home in the 500 block of West Gainsborough Road on drug possession and distribution charges. Following search warrants, the homes of several ring members across Ventura County and Los Angeles were raided and they were arrested on drug-related charges. Overall, the investigation had helped authorities arrest four street-level heroin dealers, as many heroin delivery staff, and 22 clients.
America is in the grip of heroin addiction
Mexican drug trafficking organizations (DTOs) engage in cross-border smuggling of huge amounts of heroin and other controlled substances into the U.S. through the multiple points of entry dotting southern borders. Once these deadly drugs make it across the border, drug cartels employ criminal gangs at the street level to distribute them across different neighborhoods in various cities. This has been their unceasing modus operandi for decades.
However, law enforcement authorities have been extra vigilant in curbing the influx of heroin into the country and have busted several drug trafficking rings in recent years. According to the United States Sentencing Commission (USSC), in fiscal year 2016, there were 2,763 heroin trafficking offenders, who accounted for 14.4 percent of all offenders sentenced under the drug trafficking guidelines. The number of heroin offenders has increased by 29.4 percent since fiscal year 2012. Although, state and federal agencies are trying their best to keep the drugs away from cities and towns, the real fight against heroin, or for that matter any drug, begins at one’s individual level of self-control and ability to say “no” to heroin.
Going drug-free is possible
If you or your loved one is grappling with addiction to heroin or any other drug, seek medical help from the Thousand Oaks Drug Treatment and Rehab Center. Our certified addiction advisors can assist you in getting one of the best treatment options that can help you get “drug-free.” You can call us at 805-266-7122 for more information.