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Ventura County Sheriff's Office
Friday April 12th, 2024 :: 11:22 a.m. PDT


Arrest Made in Illegal Firearm Investigation

Nature of Incident: Arrest Made in Illegal Firearm Investigation
Report Number: 24-24649
Location: 400 Block of Gonzales Road, Oxnard
3100 Block of Sakioka Drive, Oxnard
Date & Time: 4/11/2024 @ 9:00 AM
Unit(s) Responsible: Camarillo Special Enforcement Unit, Camarillo Investigations Bureau, Headquarters Patrol Station Investigations
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent

City of Residence

(S) Justin Preciado






During the month of March 2024, Camarillo Special Enforcement Unit (SEU) detectives obtained information regarding Justin Preciado, a resident of the City of Camarillo, who was possibly in possession of an unregistered firearm.  The information was forwarded to SEU by detectives assigned to Headquarters Patrol Station Investigations.
SEU detectives started an investigation and obtained additional evidence indicating Preciado was in possession of an illegal firearm.  Additionally, detectives learned Preciado recently moved to the City of Oxnard.  SEU detectives authored a search warrant for a search of Preciado, his residence, and his vehicle.  The warrant was approved by a judge of the Ventura County Superior Court.
On April 11, 2024, SEU detectives, with the assistance of detectives from the Camarillo Investigations Bureau, arrested Preciado at the 3100 Block of Sakioka Drive in the City of Oxnard. During a search of Preciado’s vehicle, detectives located tools commonly used for graffiti vandalisms.    
After his arrest, the search warrant was executed at Preciado’s apartment located on the 400 Block of Gonzalez Road in the City of Oxnard.  During the service of the search warrant, detectives located a loaded 9mm semi-automatic “ghost gun” and ammunition. 
Preciado was charged with the following violations:
PC 29610 / Minor in Possession of a Concealable Firearm.
PC 27545 / Unlawful Transfer of a Firearm
PC 24610 / Possession of an Unregistered Firearm
PC 594.2(a) / Possession of Graffiti Tools
Preciado was booked at the Ventura County Main Jail where he is awaiting arraignment for the charges. 
The Sheriff’s Office has seen an increase of unlawful firearm activities in Ventura County, including illegal “ghost guns”. A “ghost gun” is a common term used to describe any firearm manufactured without a serial number engraved or otherwise adorned on its frame/receiver, which is unregistered with the California Department of Justice.
The Camarillo Special Enforcement Unit is comprised of a sergeant and four detectives, whose focus is assisting patrol services with the investigation of various crimes including, but not limited to, the investigation of illegal firearms, gang related crimes, and graffiti vandalism.
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Prepared by: Senior Deputy Steve Krupnik  
News Release Date: 4/12/2024  
Media Follow-Up Contact: Detective Joseph Ramirez
(805) 388-5118
Approved by:
Booking Photo Release:
Captain Jason Hendren
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