Santa Paula Times

SPPD: Father, son arrested on suspicion of home marijuana sales

February 03, 2016
Santa Paula News

A series of tips to Santa Paula Police from citizens concerned that narcotic sales could be taking place at a west side residence led to the arrest of a father and son Friday on suspicion of selling marijuana at the home.

According to Sgt. Jeremy Watson, over the last few months the SPPD “Received information on narcotics sales in the 600 block of Acacia Road…the SPPD and Ventura County Narcotics Task Force began an investigation that led to the arrest of a father and son.”

On January 29, officers from the SPPD assisted detectives from the Ventura County Narcotics Task Force in the service of a search warrant at the residence and said Watson, “located marijuana for sale, packaging and scales.’

Detectives arrested Jonathan Meza, 48, on suspicion of possession of marijuana for sale and for maintaining a place for narcotics use and/or sales. Juan Meza, 18, was arrested on suspicion of maintaining a place for narcotics use and/or sales. The teenager was also arrested on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance.  

Watson said the father and son were transported to Ventura County Main Jail and booked on the charges.

Santa Paula Police encourage the public to offer tips if they believe or even suspect a crime is occurring.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Santa Paula Police Department, 525-4474.

If you would prefer to remain anonymous, call the SPPD recorded Tip Hotline, 933-5691 or email tips to

Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime. Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477); the call is not recorded and the caller may remain anonymous.

Ventura County Crime Stoppers can also be contacted by texting “Busted” plus your message to CRIMES (274637). 

Crime Stopper Tips can also be sent via the website,