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Ventura County Sheriff's Office
Thursday August 19th, 2021 :: 05:43 p.m. PDT


Arrest Related to Fatal Overdose Investigation

Nature of Incident: Arrest Related to Fatal Overdose Investigation
Report Number: 21- 80893
Location: 6400 block of Kingfisher Place- Ventura
Date & Time: August 18, 2021 @  1200 hours
Unit(s) Responsible: Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit (PCU)
Ventura County Sheriff Special Crimes Unit
Sheriff’s Gang Unit
Ventura County Major Crimes Bureau
Ojai Police Department
National Guard Counter Drug Task Force
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent

City of Residence

(S) Darren Lewis
(S) Jason Perry
Oak View
On August 18, 2021, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit (PCU) concluded an investigation into Darren Lewis, who was wanted in connection with his sale of narcotics to an Oak View resident which resulted in their fatal overdose.
On June 21, 2021, deputies assigned to the Ojai Police Station were dispatched to a residence in the unincorporated area of Oak View for a fatal drug overdose.  Detectives from the Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit and the Major Crimes Bureau handled the death investigation and identified Darren Lewis as the suspect who sold fentanyl to the victim.
On August 18, 2021, PCU detectives located Lewis in the City of Oxnard and arrested him along with Jason Perry, as the two subjects were conducting a drug transaction. Detectives then served a search warrant at Lewis’ residence in the City of Ventura. During the service of the search warrant detectives seized evidence related to the original narcotics sale which caused the Oak View death as well as fentanyl, Alprazolam and US Currency which was believed to be proceeds from illegal drug sales.
Lewis was booked into the Ventura County Jail for 11351 HS- Possession for Sales of a Controlled Substance and 11352 HS- Sales of a Controlled Substance. Perry was issued a citation for 11350 HS- Possession of a Controlled Substance and released.
Lewis’ bail was set at $55,000. He is scheduled for arraignment on August 20, 2021 in Ventura County Superior Court.
The public may contact investigators from the Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit at (805) 383-8700 or [email protected] with additional information about this case, or any other information related to narcotics.
The Ventura County Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit is a task force made up of members from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office and the Thousand Oaks Police Department; The primary mission of the task force is combatting the transfer of legal prescription medication and fentanyl 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. 
Prepared by: Sergeant John Hajducko
News Release Date: August 19, 2021  
Media Follow-Up Contact: Detective Anna Wypchlak
(805) 383-8714
Approved by: Captain Brian Slominski

Ventura County Sheriff's Office
800 S Victoria Ave
Ventura, CA 93003

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