Los Angeles Man arrested in Non-Fatal overdose investigation

Ventura County Sheriff – Incident Press ReleaseJoseph Pignatiello

Ventura County Sheriff – Incident Press Release

During July 2016, the deputies assigned to the East County Patrol Station were dispatched to a non-fatal heroin overdose in Oak Park. The victim was transported to Los Robles Hospital in Thousand Oaks for treatment. The victim survived the overdose.

A thorough investigation was initiated by the patrol deputies and the Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit was called to assist. The investigators were able to identify the suspect as 28 year old Los Angeles, Joseph Pignatiello from the Los Angeles area. Pignatiello sold the heroin to the victim.

On January 17th, 2018, Pignatiello was located in the City of Thousand Oaks and arrested for 11352(a) H&S – sales of a controlled substance. Pignatiello was interviewed and booked into custody at the East Valley Jail.

On February 1st, 2018, this case was forwarded to the District Attorney’s office for review. The

District Attorney’s office elected to file 1 felony count of sales of a controlled substance against Pignatiello.

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 Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit is a task force made up of members from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, Thousand Oaks Police Department, the California Highway Patrol, the Ventura Police Department, the Simi Valley Police Department, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Health Quality Investigation Unit of the California Division of Investigation. The primary mission of the task force is combatting the transfer of legal prescription medication 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.

The primary mission of the task force is combatting the transfer of legal prescription medication 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.


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