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Ventura County Sheriff's Office
Monday August 26th, 2019 :: 05:20 p.m. PDT


Gang Member Arrested for Narcotics Charges

Nature of Incident: Active gang member narcotics arrests
Report Number: 19-132777
Location: U.S. 101 and  Highway 33 Interchange Freeway Underpass
Date & Time: 08/23/19 1600 hours
Unit(s) Responsible: Sheriff’s K9 Unit, PROS Unit and Sheriff’s Gang Unit
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent

City of Residence

(S) Martin Aranda Ventura, Ca. 43
On 08/23/19, the Sheriff’s K9 Unit, Sheriff’s PROS Unit and Detectives from the Sheriff’s Gang Unit conducted proactive enforcement in the area of West Ventura for several subjects wanted for felony crimes. The wanted subjects were believed to be concealing their whereabouts within the homeless encampments in the area.
While scouring the river bottom, deputies located a campsite belonging to a local gang member Martin Aranda, who is on active probation for narcotic offenses.  Aranda was found to be in possession of 1.5 pounds of methamphetamine or the equivalent of 6,140 individual doses of methamphetamine, a large amount of U.S. currency, and narcotic paraphernalia consistent with narcotic sales. 
Aranda was arrested and booked at the Ventura County Main Jail for narcotic sales. His bail was set at $75,000, which he posted. Aranda’s next scheduled court appearance is set for September 11th 2019.
Anyone with further information regarding this investigation, any gang and/or illegal firearm possession information is encouraged to contact the Ventura County Sheriff’s Gang Unit at    805-654-2856.
Prepared by: Detective Tyler Ebell  
News Release Date: 08/26/19  
Media Follow-Up Contact: Detective Sergeant Victor Medina
[email protected]
Approved by:
Booking Photo Release:
Captain Todd Inglis
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Ventura County Sheriff's Office
800 S Victoria Ave
Ventura, CA 93003

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