Sheriff’s Letter to Attorney General Becerra

For Immediate Release

Sergeant Anthony Prencipe

The following letter was sent by Sheriff D’Agostini to Attorney General Becerra today.

Last November, 2016, Proposition 63 was passed by the voters of California. Part of the new law requires that ammunition vendors obtain an Ammunition Vendor License from your office by January 1st of 2018 in order to be able to continue to sell ammunition. 

It has come to my attention from an ammunition vendor in my county that as of January 1st, 2018, he will no longer be able to receive ammunition shipments from his ammunition suppliers because he does not have an Ammunition Vendor License. He has been in contact with your Bureau of Firearms and has submitted all his applications and fees.

Unfortunately, he has been told by your Bureau of Firearms, as recently as yesterday, December 26th, 2017, that his Ammunition Vendor License has not been issued and there is no expected time when such license will be issued. Due to your offices inability to comply with this regulatory scheme, his business and his livelihood are at great risk.

I am requesting that you stay the enforcement of this law immediately and keep such stay in place until such a time that your staff can comply with the regulatory scheme set up in the law and then provide enough time for businesses to become compliant with such a scheme.

I would also request, through a media release for expediency, that you advice all such businesses in the state and also all ammunition suppliers of such stay so all can remain in business.

With Urgency,

John D’Agostini

El Dorado County

Sheriff~ Coroner~ Public Administer”


Prostitution and Human Trafficking Investigation

For Immediate Release

Sergeant Anthony Prencipe

El Dorado County Detectives began an investigation into prostitution and human trafficking in El Dorado County by searching escort/ dating sites on the internet.  Numerous escort/ dating ads were located on the sites for El Dorado County in the areas of El Dorado Hills, Cameron Park and Placerville.

Thursday night, The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department, with the assistance of the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office and the FBI began preparing an investigative operation into these dating sites.  The main purpose of the investigation was to identify the human trafficking victims who are being prostituted and to identify the suspects who are pimping and trafficking these victims in El Dorado County. The operation was “Victim Centered”, identifying the traffickers, focusing on the Pimp not the Prostitute. The operation focused on younger looking prostitutes on the internet who are working in El Dorado County. By targeting younger looking prostitutes, the goal was to rescue minor victims who are being trafficked. Once victims of human trafficking were identified and contacted, appropriate enforcement action was taken. In addition, the victim met with advocates who assisted them in receiving appropriate services.

During the last date of the operation, a 17 year old victim was identified, rescued from human trafficking, and was turned over to Victim advocates from the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office, the FBI and El Dorado County Child Protective Services. The investigation into this victim is ongoing.  A total of 25 Detectives, Investigators and victim witness advocates participated in the operation.

During the operation, a total of 14 people were arrested or cited for various violations.  four people were arrested for violations to include two for prostitution, two for felony no bail warrants and one for an outstanding misdemeanor warrant.  9 suspects were cited for prostitution and one was cited for possession of methamphetamine.  The following people were arrested or cited:

Derika Bynoe 21yrs                         647b PC

Fitore Toshi    24yrs                         647b PC

Cailyn Boyle   25 yrs                       647b PC and an outstanding DUI Warrant

Brehonna VanBooven 20 yrs        647b PC

Romula Perez 30 yrs                       647b PC

Destiny Wincentsen 20 yrs                        647b PC

Norma Waters 30 yrs                       647b PC

Crissy Phillips 41 yrs                       647b PC

Jeriann Carter 26 yrs                       647b PC

Lena Salas 36 yrs                            647b PC

Robbie Mc Dermott 27 yrs              2 Felony “No Bail” warrants

Daniel Ocenar 37 yrs                      11377 H&S and 11364 H&S

Teonna Haskins 24 yrs                   647b PC Arrest

Malik Green 22 yrs                           Felony “No Bail” warrant


This operation was successful and we are proud of the dedicated and hardworking individuals that participated.  The EL Dorado County Sheriff’s Office will continue to work closely with the District Attorney’s Office and the FBI on investigations to uncover, prosecute and help prevent Human Trafficking in El Dorado County.

Missing Person

For Immediate Release

Sergeant Anthony Prencipe

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s help in locating a missing person from South Lake Tahoe, Ca.

On November 15, 2017 Eric Zentner was reported missing, after leaving his uncle’s home in Meyers on November 11, 2017. Eric’s vehicle was located at the Lake Tahoe Airport on November 18, 2017. Sheriff’s Search and Rescue teams conducted an extensive search of the area, but Eric was not located. Eric is an avid outdoorsman, pilot, and diver.
Eric is a white male adult, 38 years old, about 5′ 10″ tall, 190 pounds, with short brown hair, brown eyes, and a full beard. Eric has family in Ashland, OR and previously resided in Juneau, AK and Fairbanks, AK.
Anyone with information regarding Eric’s disappearance are encouraged to call Detective Damian Frisby (530) 573-3022 EDSO Case 17-10419.