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Ventura County Sheriff's Office
Thursday October 7th, 2021 :: 04:20 p.m. PDT


Narcotics Arrest Related to Fatal Overdose Investigation

Nature of Incident: Narcotics Arrest Related to Fatal Overdose Investigation
Report Number: 21-123534
Location: 20000 Block of Ventura Blvd. – Woodland Hills, CA
Date & Time: October 5, 2021   1750 Hours
Unit(s) Responsible: Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit (PCU)
Thousand Oaks Police Directed Enforcement Unit (DEU)
Thousand Oaks Patrol
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent

City of Residence

(S) Nicholas Schwab
On October 5, 2021, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit (PCU) concluded an investigation into Nicholas Schwab, who was wanted in connection with his sale of narcotics to a Thousand Oaks resident which resulted in their fatal overdose.
On September 17, 2021, Thousand Oaks Patrol deputies were dispatched to the 600 block of Cayo Grande Court in the City of Thousand Oaks reference a subject who was deceased as the result of a drug overdose. PCU detectives took over the investigation and identified Schwab as the suspect who sold the fentanyl to the victim utilizing an on online social media application.
On October 5, 2021, PCU detectives located Schwab in the Woodland Hills area of Los Angeles and arrested him while he was in possession of fentanyl. Detectives served a search warrant at Schwab’s motel room and seized an additional 113 grams of fentanyl, 19 grams of methamphetamine, 570 counterfeit Xanax pills which are also believed to contain fentanyl, and US Currency.
Schwab was arrested for 11351 HS- Possession for Sales of a Controlled Substance and 11352 HS- Sales of a Controlled Substance. He was booked into the Ventura County Jail and is scheduled for arraignment on October 7, 2021 in Ventura County Superior Court. His bail is currently set at $50,000.
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: October 7, 2021  
Media Follow-Up Contact: Detective Jeff Miller
(805) 384-4749
Approved by:
Captain Brian Slominski
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) or at

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Ventura, CA 93003

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