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Ventura County Sheriff's Office
Thursday December 2nd, 2021 :: 07:52 p.m. PST


Narcotics Arrests

Nature of Incident: Narcotics Arrests
Report Number: 21-121699
Location: 400 Block of Laurel Street, City of Oxnard
9000 Block of Koonce Drive, Spring Valley
200 Block of Union Place, City of Los Angeles
8000 Block of Caminito De Pizza, San Diego
Date & Time: 11/23/2021 @ 1:20 PM
Unit(s) Responsible: Ventura County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Street Team
Ventura County Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent

City of Residence

(S) Michael Wilson
Oxnard, CA
(S) Cindy Escobedo
(S) Jonathan Leon
(S) Juan Hernandez
Spring Valley, CA
Tijuana Mexico/ Los Angeles
San Diego, CA
Detectives from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Street Team targeted the drug trafficking activities of Oxnard resident Michael Wilson. During this three-month investigation, Detectives learned Wilson was working within a larger drug trafficking organization (DTO) responsible for the distribution of bulk quantities of methamphetamine, heroin, and prescription medications to residents of Ventura County.  Investigators learned this organization was responsible for the smuggling of bulk quantities of narcotics from Mexico into the United States using the southwest border.  Once in the United States, the narcotics were then transported and stored in a safe house ran and operated by Juan Hernandez.  Hernandez utilized drug couriers, such as Jonathan Leon, to transport and distribute the narcotics to other co-conspirators such as Michael Wilson in Ventura County. This organization utilized drug couriers such as Cindy Escobedo to also transport drug proceeds ultimately destined for Mexico. 
During this investigation, Ventura County Sheriff’s Detectives, with the assistance of investigators from the San Diego area, served several search warrants in the cities of Oxnard, Los Angeles, and San Diego.  In total, Detectives seized approximately 22 pounds of methamphetamine, 1 pound of brown heroin, hundreds of Farmapram (Xanax) pills, five rifles, two handguns, and approximately $32,000.00 of suspected drug proceeds. The estimated street value of the narcotics seized is approximately $500,000.
Based on the investigation, Michael Wilson, Cindy Escobedo, and Jonathan Leon were arrested and booked at the Pre-Trial Detention Facility on various narcotics charges.  Additional arrests are pending. 
Prepared by: Sergeant Odilon Malagon  
News Release Date: 12/02/2021  
Media Follow-Up Contact: Detective Meagan Smiley
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Booking Photo Release:
Captain Brian Slominski
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