On Thursday, January 5th, at approximately 7:35 p.m., officers from the Oxnard Special Enforcement Unit (Gang Unit) conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle at Rose Ave. and Socorro Way.  

A records check on this firearm revealed that it had been reported stolen.   

Officers contacted the occupants and learned that one of the passengers was on the Post Release Offender Program for vehicle theft.  Officers removed the occupants to conduct a search pursuant to the passenger’s search terms.  During the search officers located a loaded .22 caliber revolver that was concealed in the vehicle.  Ernesto Abril, a 42-year-old Oxnard resident, one of the passengers, was arrested for possessing the revolver.  A records check on the firearm revealed that it had been reported stolen.   

The Oxnard Police Department’s Special Enforcement Unit is 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.