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Ventura County Sheriff's Office
Friday June 10th, 2022 :: 10:50 p.m. PDT


News Story - Arrests Related to Fatal Overdose Investigation

Nature of Incident: Arrests Related to Fatal Overdose Investigation
Report Number: 22- 57221
Locations: 15100 block of Magnolia Blvd.- Sherman Oaks, CA
8400 block of Sepulveda Blvd.- North Hills, CA
Date & Time: June 9, 2022 - 1530 Hours
Unit(s) Responsible: Ventura County Sheriff Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit (PCU)
Ventura County Sheriff Narcotics Street Team (NST)
Thousand Oaks Directed Enforcement Unit (DEU)
Thousand Oaks Patrol Station
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent

City of Residence

(S) David Smith
(S) Adrian Alonso
Sherman Oaks
North Hills
On June 9, 2022, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit (PCU) concluded an investigation into a fatal drug overdose in the city of Thousand Oaks. Two search warrants were served in Los Angeles County which resulted in the arrests of David Smith and Adrian Alonso, who were wanted in connection with their sale of fentanyl to the victim which caused their death.
On May 1, 2022, Thousand Oaks patrol deputies were dispatched to the 200 block of Erbes Road reference a subject who was deceased as the result of a fentanyl overdose. PCU detectives handled the investigation and determined that Smith was the suspect who transported the fentanyl to the victim.
On June 1, 2022, detectives from PCU, the Narcotics Street Team (NST) and the Thousand Oaks Police Directed Enforcement Unit (DEU) served a search warrant at Smith’s residence in Sherman Oaks and arrested him for his involvement in the overdose.
Based on evidence obtained from this search warrant, Alonso was identified as an additional suspect who was responsible for the actual sale of the fentanyl to the victim. On June 9, 2022, PCU detectives located Alonso at a motel in the North Hills area of Los Angeles. Detectives served a search warrant at this location and arrested Alonso for the drug sale that caused the overdose. Additional quantities of fentanyl and methamphetamine were also seized from his room.
Smith was arrested for 11352 HS- Sales of a Controlled Substance and booked into the Ventura County Jail. He posted $50,000 bail and was released pending further court proceedings.
Alonso was arrested for 11352 HS- Sales of a Controlled Substance and 11378 HS- Possession for Sale of a Dangerous Drug. He remains in custody at the Ventura County Jail with an arraignment set for June 13, 2022, in Ventura County Superior Court.  
The public may contact investigators from the Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit at (805) 383-8700 or [email protected] with additional information about this case, or any other information related to narcotics.
The Ventura County Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit is a task force made up of members from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office and the Thousand Oaks Police Department; The primary mission of the task force is combatting the transfer of legal prescription medication and fentanyl 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 Ventura County Sheriff’s Office is an active member of the County Opioid Abuse
Suppression Taskforce (COAST). We have partnered with Ventura County Behavioral Health in
a campaign to reduce overdoses and educate the public about the dangers of opioids and other
drugs. Comprehensive information can be found at
Prepared by:
Sergeant John Hajducko
News Release Date: June 10, 2022  
Media Follow-Up Contact: Detective Anna Wypchlak
(805) 383-8700
Approved by:
Captain Brian Slominski
Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime.  The caller may remain anonymous.  The call is not recorded.  Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477) or at

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