On September 17, 2021, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit (PCU) concluded an investigation into Angel Flores, a 19 year-old Oxnard resident, who was wanted in connection with his sale of narcotics to Ventura County residents. 

During the month of August, PCU began an investigation of Flores after determining he was allegedly using social media accounts to sell narcotics. Detectives contacted Flores and eventually conducted a purchase of cocaine from him which occurred near Hueneme High School in the City of Oxnard.

On September 17, 2021, PCU detectives located Flores in the City of Oxnard and detained him pursuant to a search warrant. During the service of the search warrant, detectives seized 1000 Farmapram pills (Xanax), 2 ounces of cocaine, and US Currency.

Flores was booked into the Ventura County Jail for 11351 HS- Possession for Sales of a Controlled Substance, 11352 HS- Sales of a Controlled Substance, 11375(b)(1) HS- Possession for Sales of a Specified Controlled Substance, and 11353.6 HS- Sales of a Controlled Substance within 1000 feet of a School.

Sheriff Ayub has expressed that he always supported rigorous drug enforcement efforts; however, he recognizes this cannot be the only answer. “Removing drugs of abuse from our streets is an important part of our larger effort to combat addiction.  Of equal importance is the care and treatment of those who suffer from the effects of addiction; this includes supporting the families who are devastated by the loss of their loved ones,”  said Ayub. 

Flores was released from custody on his own Recognizance. He is scheduled for arraignment on September 29, 2021 in Ventura County Superior Court. 

The public may contact investigators from the Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit at (805) 383-8700 or pharm.tip@ventura.org 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.