Thousand Oaks | Heroin Overdose Death Investigation/Narcotics Arrest

Ventura County Sheriff – Incident Press Release 

Suspect, Colby Figueroa

On May 27th, 2018, Thousand Oaks Patrol responded to a residence in Thousand Oaks reference a deceased person. The initial investigation determined this death was the result of a heroin overdose. The Ventura County Sheriff’s Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit (PCU) was called in to assist and eventually identified a potential suspect as Woodland Hills 26 year old resident, Colby Figueroa.

On June 26th 2018, detectives from the PCU assisted by the East County Street Narcotics Team (ECST) concluded this month long narcotic investigation into Colby Figueroa. The investigation revealed Figueroa was involved in the sales of heroin and methamphetamine to residents of Ventura and Los Angeles Counties. Some of the heroin sold by Figueroa made its way to Thousand Oaks, including the heroin later consumed by the victim which caused his death.

Detectives conducted multiple surveillances near Figueroa’s residence and observed numerous

narcotic related transactions between Figueroa and unknown customers. During one of these suspected narcotic transactions, Figueroa was detained and later arrested. A search of Figueroa incident to his arrest and a probation search of his residence were conducted. During these searches detectives were able to seize approximately 1/2 an ounce of heroin and smaller amounts of methamphetamine, cocaine and Alprazolam. In addition to the controlled substances located, a large sum of U.S. currency deemed to be proceeds of narcotic sales was seized.

Figueroa was booked into custody at the Ventura County Sheriff’s Main Jail facility for 11351(a) H&S – possession for sale of a controlled substance and 11352(a) H&S – Sales of a controlled substance.

On June 28th, 2018, this case was forwarded to the District Attorney’s office for review. The District Attorney’s office elected to file one count of 11351 H&S and one count of 11352(a) H&S.

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 Simi Valley Police Department, and the Ventura Police Department. 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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