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Ventura County Sheriff's Office
Friday April 21st, 2023 :: 02:42 p.m. PDT


Pharmaceutical Medication Arrest

Nature of Incident: Pharmaceutical Medication Arrest
Report Number: 23-34017
Location: 1200 Blk. West Fir Avenue, Oxnard
Date & Time: 03/16/2023 @ 5:15 PM

City of Residence

(S) Male juvenile Oxnard 15
On March 16, 2023, the Ventura County Fentanyl and Overdose Crime Units (VC FOCUS) concluded an investigation into a 15-year-old male juvenile suspect who was operating an online marketplace for alprazolam (Xanax), psilocybin mushrooms and various forms of marijuana.
On February 10, 2023, VCFOCUS investigators were conducting an investigation of a deceased female which was possibly the result of a drug overdose. During the investigation, investigators identified a juvenile male suspect who was running an online marketplace on a popular social media application called Telegram. This juvenile was selling alprazolam, psilocybin mushrooms and various marijuana products to numerous residents of Ventura County. 
On March 16, 2023, VCFOCUS investigators conducted an undercover operation and the juvenile agreed to sell an undercover detective alprazolam. A search warrant was executed at the juvenile’s residence in the city of Oxnard. During the search warrant, detectives seized the amount of Farmapram which was going to be sold to the detective. Farmapram is medication manufactured in Mexico containing Alprazolam.
Due to the juvenile’s age, he was arrested and released to his guardian. The case will be submitted to the District Attorney’s Office for review. 
Alprazolam is a benzodiazepine and is a Schedule IV controlled substance.  Alprazolam is used to treat anxiety disorders, panic disorders, and anxiety caused by depression.  The misuse or abuse of Alprazolam can cause addiction, overdose or death.  Alprazolam can slow or stop your breathing and fatal side effects can occur if you combine Alprazolam with alcohol or opioid medications.
The Ventura County Fentanyl Crimes and Overdose Units (VC FOCUS) is a task force made up of all Ventura County local law enforcement departments along with state and Federal law enforcement agencies. The primary mission of this task force is to combat fentanyl related crimes and opioid overdoses by targeting the supply chain of individuals and criminal organizations responsible for the sales of these drugs into Ventura County. In addition, the task force works to identify new trends of abuse among the younger population and educate the community at large on the lethal danger of this epidemic.
VC FOCUS has partnered with Ventura County Behavioral Health as an active member of the County Opioid Abuse Suppression Taskforce (COAST) in a campaign to reduce overdoses and educate the public about the dangers of opioids and other drugs. Comprehensive information can be found at
The public may contact investigators from VC FOCUS at (805) 383-8700 or [email protected] with additional information about this case, or any other information related to narcotics.
Prepared by: Senior Deputy Jeff Miller
News Release Date: 04/21/2023
Media Follow-Up Contact: Senior Deputy Jeff Miller
805-384-4756 (Desk)
[email protected]
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Captain Victor Medina
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Ventura, CA 93003

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