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Ventura County Sheriff's Office
Wednesday September 21st, 2022 :: 11:32 a.m. PDT


Firearms Manufacturing Arrest

Nature of Incident: Firearms Manufacturing Arrest
Report Number: 22-124076
Location: 300 block of Barry Street, Ventura
Date & Time: September 15, 2022 / 5:45 PM
Unit(s) Responsible: Sheriff’s Gang Unit (SGU)
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent

City of Residence

(S) Steven Merrill
Ventura, CA
On September 15, 2022, at approximately 1745 hours, detectives with the Sheriff’s Gang Unit conducted a traffic enforcement stop of a vehicle in the 1200 block of North Ventura Avenue, Ventura for a vehicle code violation. Steven Merrill was contacted and detained per his Ventura County Superior Court probation conditions.  Detectives followed-up the contact with a search of Merrill’s residence in the 300 block of Barry Street, Ventura. 
During the search, detectives located four polymer pistol receivers which appeared to have been manufactured using a 3D printer. Detectives also located a 3D printer, a pistol magazine, switchblade knives, and a polymer rifle magazine.  Pursuant to California Penal Code section 16520(b), a firearm includes the frame or receiver of the weapon.  This includes both a completed frame or receiver, or a firearm precursor part. Merrill is prohibited from owning or possessing firearms per his current probation terms. Merrill was arrested and booked at the Ventura County Jail for weapons violations. 
On September 19, 2022, the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office filed multiple felony counts of California Penal Code 29815(a) – own, possess, or control of a firearm by a person prohibited due to probation term conditions.   
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Prepared by: Senior Deputy Corey Nicholas  
News Release Date: September 21, 2022  
Media Follow-Up Contact: Detective Kenny Ledesma
Approved by:
Captain Victor Medina  
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).

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