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Ventura County Sheriff's Office
Friday August 28th, 2020 :: 12:58 p.m. PDT


Manufacturing of Assault Weapons and other Firearms

Nature of Incident: Manufacturing of Assault Weapons and other Firearms
Report Number: 20-117526
Location: 100 block of North Dos Caminos Avenue, City of Ventura
Date & Time: 08/26/2020, at 2:45 PM
Unit(s) Responsible: Ventura County Sheriff’s Special Crimes Unit
Sheriff’s Gang Unit
Sheriff’s Narcotics Street Team
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent

City of Residence

(S) Joshua Horek
During the months of July and August 2020, detectives with the Ventura County Sheriff’s Special Crimes Unit worked in conjunction with the Sheriff’s Gang Unit regarding (S) Joshua Horek who was believed to be involved in the unlawful manufacturing and sales of firearms. 
On August 26, 2020, at about 2:45 PM, detectives with the Sheriff’s Gang Unit conducted an enforcement stop on Joshua Horek near his residence in Ventura.  He was detained and found to be in possession of 9 unregistered and loaded firearms inside his vehicle.  Those firearms were believed to be unlawfully manufactured by Horek.    
Following Horek’s detention, detectives executed search warrants at Horek’s two residences located in the City of Ventura.  As a result of the search warrants, firearm manufacturing equipment, ammunition, and 5 unregistered firearms were seized.  In total 9 handguns, 2 AR-15’s, and 2 assault weapons were located. These unregistered firearms are commonly referred to as “Ghost Guns” because they are privately made firearms that lack serial numbers or markings.
Joshua Horek was arrested for various firearm offenses, including Penal Code § 30600(a) – Manufacturing of Assault Weapons].  He was booked at the Ventura County Pre-Trial Detention Facility with a court date of 08/28/2020.
Prepared by:
Sergeant Jeremy Bramlette
News Release Date: 08/27/2020  
Media Follow-Up Contact: Detective Jarrod Foote
[email protected]
Approved by:
Booking Photo Release:
Captain Slominski
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Ventura, CA 93003

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