On Friday, January 14, 2022, at approximately 6:40 p.m., officers from the Oxnard Special Enforcement Unit (Gang Unit) were conducting uniformed gang enforcement. Officers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for a suspected traffic infraction at C St. and Sixth St. The officers contacted the driver, Carlos Candelas, 23-year-old Port Hueneme resident, and two additional passengers not named by the police. Officers immediately identified one of the occupants in the vehicle as an Oxnard criminal street gang member, who was on probation for vandalism with court ordered search terms.
Officers removed the occupants and searched the vehicle. Officers located a loaded 9-millimeter Glock-style Polymer 80 semi-automatic handgun in the vehicle. Polymer 80 semi-automatic handguns are sold commercially as incomplete, without serial numbers, and must be further manufactured to make them into functioning firearms. Officers arrested Candelas for possessing the handgun, and booked him for felony firearm related charges.
The Oxnard Police Department’s Special Enforcement Unit expressed that they are committed to reducing gang crimes and gun violence in the City of Oxnard through the strict enforcement of laws specifically targeting known, active gang members residing in the city. Anyone with information regarding this case or other criminal activity is encouraged to contact the Oxnard Police Department at (805) 385-7600, or online via the Oxnard Police Department’s website: www.oxnardpd.org, and clicking on Report Suspicious Activity. You can remain anonymous if you choose to do so. You can remain anonymous by calling the Ventura County Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477. You can also visit this site: www.venturacountycrimestoppers.org to submit a tip via text or email.