Two month heroin investigation results in seizure of drugs, guns and two arrests

Family says Leslie Salazar was never charged

OXNARD, Calif. - Narcotic investigators received information in July about Oxnard resident Maxwell Coulson. The information indicated that Coulson was selling large quantities of heroin to Ventura County residents.

Investigators also determined Coulson's sister, Leslie Salazar, was involved in selling heroin. The two-month investigation led authorities to a rented Oxnard storage locker that Coulson and Salazar allegedly used to facilitate their drug transactions.

On August 7, detectives from the Ventura County Sheriff's West County Narcotic Street Team detained Coulson and Salazar and served search warrants at their homes. Authorities also served a search warrant at the storage facility. Sheriff's officials seized more than three pounds of heroin packaged for sale, six firearms, ammunition and a large sum of cash.

The brother and sister were arrested and booked into the Ventura County Main Jail. They face numerous drug and weapons violations. Coulson's bail is set at $300,000 and he was scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday morning.

George Salazar, Leslie Salazar's husband, told NewsChannel 3 by phone that his wife was never charged and is completely innocent. George Salazar said his wife's name was on the storage locker lease, but she never used it. He said Coulson used the storage locker and was the only one who had the code and access to it. George Salazar also said the drugs and guns that detectives found in their home were placed there by Coulson while he and his wife were out of town celebrating their anniversary. George Salazar said he can't understand why the Sheriff's Office would include his wife's name and photo in the press release that was sent to all the media when they knew she wasn't going to be charged in the case. NewsChannel 3 placed a phone call to Sheriff's officials for clarification. We are waiting to hear back.

The West County Street Team includes Narcotic Detectives from the Ventura County Sheriff's Office, the Oxnard Police Department and the Port Hueneme Police Department.

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