Ventura County authorities seized approximately $1.2 million worth of methamphetamine in Fillmore during a recent drug bust. The operation targeted a drug trafficking organization believed to be based in Mexico. The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, in collaboration with a county task force, had been investigating the organization, which allegedly imported bulk quantities of meth, fentanyl, and cocaine from Mexico to the United States.
The investigation revealed that the group smuggled meth as a liquid across the border and later converted it into solid “crystal” form within the U.S. The crystalized meth was then transported in bulk by drug couriers to wholesale customers in the greater Los Angeles area, including Ventura County.
On Friday, authorities observed a 32-year-old Downey man suspected of transporting meth in a Fillmore McDonald’s parking lot. The man was detained, and a drug-sniffing K-9 police dog alerted authorities to narcotics inside the suspect’s blue Honda SUV. A subsequent search of the vehicle led to the discovery of approximately 56 pounds of meth, several thousand dollars in cash, multiple cell phones, and several grams of cocaine.
The suspect was arrested at the scene and booked into the county jail. The street value of the seized methamphetamine was estimated to be over $1.2 million.