EdD, MACJ, Detective Sergeant
Ventura County (California) Sheriff’s Office
Victor Fazio has 23 years of law enforcement experience and has been assigned to the Narcotics Bureau at the Ventura County (California) Sheriff’s Office for over 15 years. He is considered an expert throughout the country in pharmaceutical drug diversion and heroin investigations. He began investigating criminally operating physicians and the unlawful practices of pharmaceutical companies in 2002. He was the architect and task force commander of the Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit, which investigates any crime involving a pharmaceutical drug or heroin including drug dealing resulting in death. He supervises the Major Narcotics Violator team for the Ventura County Narcotics Task Force known as VCAT. Fazio has investigated and supervised many multi-jurisdictional / international cases involving both Rx drugs and heroin. He has instructed thousands of law enforcement officers, doctors, nurses, pharmacists and attorneys for the California Narcotics Officers Association, the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators, and other agencies and organizations throughout the country. Fazio has a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles, a master's degree in criminal justice from Arizona State University, and a doctorate in education from the University of Southern California. His research interests are focused on reducing harms caused by opioids through physician education.