Seven Thousand Oaks residents were arrested this week after sheriff's deputies conducted gang-related probation searches of 15 homes in several neighborhoods, including the Conejo Creek condominium complex where an April 28 shooting left one man dead and another wounded.
Most of the searches were conducted Thursday by 24 deputies from the Ventura County Sheriff's Department as well as county probation and state parole officers. The action was to ensure that probationers comply with the terms of their probation.
The only arrest in the Conejo Creek neighborhood involved an unnamed individual, who was not on probation, who was taken into custody for a misdemeanor warrant.
During the searches, deputies arrested Edward Lara, 22, a gang member, for allegedly keeping an unloaded handgun in his residence, a violation of his probation. He was later released from the Ventura County Jail, a spokeswoman said.