On Monday, March 7, 2022, the Ventura County Money Laundering Task Force (VCMLTF) and the South District Neighborhood Policing Team (NPT) completed a several months long investigation regarding a business, Aris Garage, located in the 1200 block of Commercial Avenue, in Oxnard allegedly being involved in narcotics trafficking. During the investigation, VCMLTF investigators identified the owner, Ignacio Castillo, 52-year-old Kern County resident, as allegedly being involved in narcotics trafficking at the business. Investigators developed enough probable cause to obtain a search warrant for the business.
With the assistance of the Ventura County Auto Theft Task Force (VenCatt), Oxnard Property Crimes Unit (PCU), K9 Capone, K9 Maxx, and the South District NPT Officers, Castillo was detained after he left Aris Garage pursuant to the search warrant.
Upon completion of the investigation, investigators located over four pounds of Methamphetamine, over a kilo of Alprazolam “Xanax”, over a pound of Cocaine, a large quantity of suspected “M30” fentanyl pills, a large quantity of US Currency, and further evidence of narcotics trafficking.
Ignacio Castillo was placed under arrest for several narcotics related charges, all felonies. He was booked into the Ventura County Jail with a bail request of $500,000. The Ventura County Money Laundering Task Force (VCMLTF) is comprised of the Oxnard Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU) Detectives and Special Agents from the FBI.
The Oxnard Police Department is committed to reducing narcotics related crimes in the City of Oxnard. 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 by calling the Ventura County Crime Stoppers. at (800) 222-8477. You can also visit their website: www.venturacountycrimestoppers.org to submit a tip via text or email.