Huge Narcotics bust at the Santa Paula Auto Center

Ventura County Sheriff – Incident Press Release

Over the past several months, the Sheriff’s Office Special Crimes Unit has been investigating a drug trafficking organization working in Ventura County. The investigation led to the seizure of methamphetamine, cocaine, a firearm, US currency, and the arrests of Curtis, Arana, Gonzalez, and Nunez.

In early 2017, detectives received information narcotics were being sold from the Santa Paula Auto Center at 1055 E. Main Street in Santa Paula. An investigation began and it was determined the owner of the business, Eric Curtis, and his close business associate, Manuel Arana, were organizing shipments of methamphetamine and cocaine to the business. The narcotics were then sold in smaller quantities to street level narcotics dealers. The legitimate side of the auto repair business concealed the illicit narcotic trafficking that was occurring.

On May 12, 2017 Investigators executed search warrants at five different locations resulting in the seizure of narcotics, a handgun, ammunition, and a large sum of U.S. currency.  During the course of the investigation, investigators seized 2.7 pounds of cocaine and 1.6 pounds of methamphetamine. The amount of cocaine seized would provide over 12,600 doses of cocaine to a user with a street value in excess of $126,000.00. The amount of methamphetamine seized would provide over 7,650 doses of methamphetamine to a user with a street value in excess of $76,600.00.

 Curtis was arrested for possessing narcotics for sale, sales of a controlled substance, and conspiracy. Curtis is currently in custody with bail set at $500,000.00. Arana was arrested for possessing narcotics for sale, sales of a controlled substance, possession of a firearm, and conspiracy. Arana is currently in custody with bail set at $500,000.00.  Gonzales was arrested for possessing narcotics for sale, sales of a controlled substance, and conspiracy. Gonzalez is currently in custody with bail set at $500,000.00. Nunez was arrested for possessing narcotics for sale, sales of a controlled substance, and conspiracy. Nunez is currently in custody with bail set at $500,000.00.

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One Response to Huge Narcotics bust at the Santa Paula Auto Center

  1. William Hicks May 18, 2017 at 1:14 pm

    Always good news when this is taken off the streets.

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