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Ventura County Sheriff's Office
Thursday July 2nd, 2020 :: 11:53 a.m. PDT


Illegal Fireworks Arrest

Nature of Incident: Illegal Fireworks Arrest
Report Number: 20-89172
Location: 400 block of Camino Ruiz
Camarillo, California
Date & Time: 07/01/2020 1:00 PM
Unit(s) Responsible: Camarillo Police Special Enforcement Detail,
Ventura County Sheriff’s Bomb Squad
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent

City of Residence

(S) Acevedo, Antonio   Camarillo 28
Following a probation search conducted on 07/01/20, detectives assigned to the Camarillo Police Special Enforcement Detail arrested Antonio Acevedo for being in possession of illegal fireworks.   
In late June 2020, Camarillo Special Enforcement Detail detectives began an illegal fireworks investigation involving a Camarillo resident identified as Antonio Acevedo. Detectives confirmed Acevedo is currently on Ventura County felony probation for vehicle theft, with unconditional search terms. 
On 07/01/20 at about 1:00 PM, Camarillo Special Enforcement Detectives contacted Acevedo in front of his residence in the 400 block of Camino Ruiz in Camarillo and subsequently conducted a probation search. During the search, approximately 50 pounds of various illegal dangerous fireworks were located in Acevedo’s bedroom which posed a threat of injury and fire not only to Acevedo’s residence and family, but also to the public. In addition, Detectives determined Acevedo was also under the influence of a controlled substance and in possession of illegal drug paraphernalia.  The illegal fireworks and drug paraphernalia were seized as evidence. Acevedo was issued a misdemeanor citation for violations of Health and Safety Code 11550(a)/Under the influence of a controlled substance, Health and Safety Code 11364 (a)/Possession of drug paraphernalia and Health and Safety Code Section 12677 / Misdemeanor possession of illegal fireworks, with a pending court date.
The Camarillo Police Department wants to remind citizens of the following:
  • 'Safe and Sane' fireworks, bearing the seal of the State Fire Marshal, can be legally sold, possessed, and enjoyed in the city of Fillmore between 12:00 PM, June 28th, and 12:00 PM, July 5th. All other fireworks, including 'Safe and Sane' fireworks and fireworks that explode and/or launch into the air, are illegal in Camarillo and throughout the state.
  • Violators may be cited for violating the city municipal code and subject to a $1,000.00 fine, or they may be arrested for more serious offenses.  If you witness any illegal activity, please call the Camarillo Police Department at (805) 388-5100 or, if there's an immediate threat to life or property, 9-1-1.
The Camarillo Police Department would like to thank members of the public for their on-going support and due diligence in providing information to assist our agency in solving crimes.  We are better at what we do because of our community partnerships. 
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Prepared by: Detective Hollowell (805) 388-5113  
News Release Date: 07/1/2020  
Media Follow-Up Contact: Detective Hollowell (805) 388-5113  
Approved by:
Booking Photo Release:
Captain Shane Matthews
Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime.  The caller may remain anonymous.  The call is not recorded.  Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

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