Sheriff’s deputies arrested Ventura residents Jared Johnson, 19, and Jace Milone, 25, this week on drug and possession of stolen property charges. The couple are suspected of dealing drugs and committing a string of car burglaries throughout Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. They also tried to sell the stolen goods on Craigslist.
According to Sheriff’s spokesperson Kelly Hoover, deputies contacted Johnson at approximately 11 a.m. in the motel’s parking lot for violating the city’s no smoking policy. They soon learned Johnson was on probation and searched his room, where they located Milone. The search turned up 13.5 grams of methamphetamine, heroin, and prescription pills, along with packaging materials, scales, and $1,400 in cash.
The deputies also seized forged checks, gift cards, construction tools, jewelry, smartphones, several laptops, construction tools, a notary seal, and car stereo equipment. The couple was in possession of burglary tools, including bolt cutters and broken spark plugs used for breaking windows, Hoover said.
Both were arrested on a variety of charges. “Additional charges requested against the couple include addict in possession of tear gas and of a stun gun as well as transportation for sales of heroin and methamphetamine,” said Hoover.