A spokesperson for the Camarillo Police Department said they have arrested and detained felon Christopher Cole. Cole was convicted several hears ago on a narcotics violation. It is unclear how many months he spent in jail in relation to that crime.
Officers said they executed a search warrant on his home earlier this week. An altered replica handgun and a container of pepper spray were reportedly found to be in his possession. California law prohibits convicted felons from owning or possessing firearms and weapons. Police say that although the gun in question was not a real gun, it looks and appears to be the real thing. This means the defendant could have potentially used it to commit a crime.
Investigators said they began looking into Cole earlier this year after he was said to have threatened a California Highway Patrol officer in an adjacent county. Members of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department felt it prudent to look into the young man’s background. They also felt action was needed after they received a tip that the defendant had acquired a handgun.
Cole was handcuffed and transported to the Ventura County Jail in order to be booked and processed. His bail has been set at $250,000. Should he, a friend or a member of his family wish to hire a local bondsman their cost would be 10%, or $25,000. A payment plan may be available if there is a cosigner who has qualifying credit.