Man Claims Addicted in Hospital to Opioids, Judge Sentences Him to 36 Months for Weapons and Drug Possession

By Kimberly Torres 

VENTURA, CA – A Ventura County man who claims he became addicted to drugs while hospitalized and prescribed opioids in 2022 was sentenced here in Ventura County Superior Court Friday to 36 months for possession of illegal substances and firearms.

Assistant Public Defender Glen Major informed the court, “My client has been compliant with this case and feels bad about the events that have occurred, he has taken the right measures in order to better his life. He has previously been attending AA meetings.”

The accused’s first arrest was in November of 2022—he said he picked up a drug habit when hospitalized in June 2022—where an illegal weapon was found, and his attorney added “he has also been previously convicted for possession of marijuana and would like to take that into consideration as well.”

Judge Bruce Young sentenced the accused to 36 months in jail (he has 218 days of the time already served), 18 months in custody, and 18 months mandatory supervision along with a six-months driver’s license suspension.

About The Author

Kim is a senior at California State University Long Beach majoring in criminal justice and criminology. She is a first generation college student, as well as a first generation Mexican-American. After graduation, she plans to study international affairs, in hopes of cultivating and improving a better system for all.

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