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Ventura County Sheriff's Office
Wednesday January 6th, 2021 :: 02:00 p.m. PST


Fillmore Firearm Arrest

Nature of Incident: Felon in Possession of Firearm Arrest
Report Number: 21-548
Location: Sycamore Road @ Seventh Street, Fillmore
Date & Time: 1/2/2021 @ 12:40 PM
Unit(s) Responsible: Fillmore Patrol Station
Ventura County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Street Team
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent

City of Residence

Nicolas Bonilla Ventura  
On January 2, 2021, patrol deputies assigned to the Fillmore Patrol Station arrested Nicolas Bonilla, a resident of Ventura, for being a convicted felon in possession of a loaded firearm. 
On January 2, 2021, detectives assigned to the Sheriff’s Narcotics Street Team obtained information regarding Bonilla possibly being in possession of an illegal firearm in the Fillmore area.  Detectives were familiar with Bonilla from a previous narcotics sales investigation in which Bonilla was in possession of a large quantity of narcotics and in possession of an assault rifle.  Bonilla was released on bail from on that case and is currently pending court proceedings.
Patrol deputies were patrolling in the area of Sycamore Road and Seventh Street in the unincorporated area just outside of Fillmore.  Deputies spotted Bonilla and conducted a traffic stop of Bonilla for a traffic violation.  Additionally, deputies knew Bonilla was on active Ventura County probation with unconditional search terms.  Deputies conducted a search of his truck pursuant to the terms of his probation.  During the search, deputies located a loaded unregistered firearm concealed inside a spare tire in the bed of the truck.  The firearm was wrapped in a flag and plastic bag.   
Bonilla was arrested for several firearms violations and booked at the Pre-Trail Detention Facility and is pending court proceedings.     
Prepared by: Sergeant Eduardo Malagon  
News Release Date: 1/6/2021  
Media Follow-Up Contact: Detective Jacob Holt
[email protected]
Approved by:
Booking Photo Release:
Captain Brian Slominski
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