Report Narcotics/Drug Activity

If you suspect possible narcotics activity is taking place in your area you can call our Narcotics Hotline at 805-339-4331 or send an e-mail to [email protected].  

Signs of Drug Activity
Like any city Ventura faces a growing battle against drugs.  We can’t solve this problem alone. Success requires community involvement. It is often hard to be certain that what you are seeing when it comes to drug activity but some patterns may indicate there is a potential issue:

Large amount(s) of traffic coming to the building - in cars, taxis, or walking – even at strange hours. The traffic is usually quick, with people staying only a short time. Sometimes they don't go in at all; instead, someone comes out to meet them.

  • Finding drugs or drug paraphernalia (syringes, pipes, etc.) in the area.
  • Repeated, observable exchanges of items, especially where money is visible.
  • Offers to sell you drugs, or conversation about drugs that you overhear.
  • Noxious odors from or around the building, such as "musty" smells.
  • Buildings where extreme security measures seem to be being taken.
  • Buildings where no owner or primary renter is apparent, and no home activities (yard work, painting, maintenance, etc.), seems to be going on.


It is important to distinguish between obnoxious or peculiar behavior and drug activity. Racial or ethnic background, economic level, or lifestyle choices do not mean the person is a drug dealer.

How To Report Drug Activity
Don't assume that we already know about possible narcotics activity, or that a neighbor will call. Don't assume one report is all that is needed. If the activity keeps occurring, keep reporting it. If the pattern changes, report that change. All neighbors affected by the drug activity are encouraged to report.

Drug Activity in Progress
For drug activity that is in progress or needs immediate police response, call 9-1-1.