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Friday February 22nd, 2019 :: 04:40 p.m. PST

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Gang Unit Gun Seizure

Nature of Incident: Firearms & Gang Investigation
Report Number: RB# 19-5690
Location: City of Santa Paula and Oxnard
Date & Time: 02/21/2019  06:00 AM
Unit(s) Responsible: Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, Santa Paula Police Department, Ventura Police Department, California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation, and California National Guard Counter Narcotics Task Force
 
 
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent City of Residence  
(S) Crow, John 
(S) Arellano, Richard
(S) Bolanos, Raymond
(S) Bolanos, Larry
Santa Paula
Santa Paula
Oxnard
Oxnard
 
Narrative:
Over the past 6 months, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Gang Unit conducted a gang investigation into a Santa Paula criminal street gang for their involvement in crimes related to unlawful possession of firearms by convicted felons and their involvement with recent stolen vehicles.  During the investigation, the Sheriff’s Gang Unit worked with Santa Paula Police Department and discovered this criminal street gang was also involved in several violent gang related crimes in the city of Santa Paula. 
 
On February 21, 2019, with the assistance of various specialized units from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, Santa Paula Police Department, Ventura Police Department, California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation, and California National Guard Counter Narcotics Task Force, nine search warrants were executed at the residences of nine different criminal street gang members.  During the execution of the search warrants, detectives seized 6 unlawfully possessed firearms, ammunition, and gang indicia. 
 
Detectives located gang indicia and two unlawfully possessed firearms in the residence of convicted felon John Crow.  Crow had recently discharged parole.
 
Detectives located gang indicia and two unlawfully possessed firearms in the residence of convicted felon Richard Arellano.  One of the firearms located was a modified short barrel shotgun.  Arellano also recently discharged from parole.
 
During the search warrant at Raymond Bolanos’ residence, detectives located a loaded firearm registered to Bolanos.  Detectives discovered the firearm had been left unattended within the reach of a child that was inside the residence at the time.  Gang indicia belonging to Bolanos was also located in the residence.  While at the residence, detectives also contacted Larry Bolanos and located a firearm that was unlawfully possessed by Larry. 
 
John Crow was booked into custody at the Ventura County Sheriff’s Main Jail for two charges of 29800(a) P.C. - Possession of a firearm by a felon, 186.22(a) P.C.- Street Terrorism, and other firearm related charges.  Crow is currently being held on a $750,000 bail.    
 
Richard Arellano was booked into custody at the Ventura County Sheriff’s Main Jail for two charges of 29800(a) P.C. - Possession of a firearm by a felon, 186.22(a) P.C.- Street Terrorism, and other firearm related charges.  Arellano is currently being held on a $750,000 bail.
 
Raymond Bolanos was booked into custody at the Ventura County Sheriff’s Main Jail for 273a(a) P.C. – Child Endangerment and 186.22(a) P.C.- Street Terrorism.  Bolanos is currently being held on a $100,000 bail.
 
Larry Bolanos was booked into custody at the Ventura County Sheriff’s Main Jail for 27545 P.C. – Unlawful Transfer of a Firearm.  Bolanos is out of custody on bail.
 
This investigation is ongoing and anyone with further information regarding this investigation or has any gang related information is encouraged to contact Detective Tyler Ebell at 805-677-8733.
 
Prepared by: Sergeant Victor Medina  
News Release Date: 02/22/2019  
Media Follow-Up Contact: Detective Tyler Ebell #4898
Office: 805-677-8733
tyler.ebell@ventura.org
 
 
Approved by:
 
 
 
 
 
Booking Photo Release:
Captain Todd Inglis
 
 
 
 
 
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