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March 6, 2022 – Ventura County, Ca.
According to Ventura County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Sgt. Beau Rodriguez, “ghost guns”, defined as “untraceable crudely manufactured firearms with no commercial serial number,” continue to proliferate throughout the county, posing an ongoing threat to public safety.
With daily reminders of the consequences of “unlawful firearm activities” showing up in Ventura County’s jurisdiction, particularly in the communities of Fillmore, Saticoy, El Rio, and Ojai, The Ventura County Post Release Offender Supervision (PROS) unit monitors parolees and probationers closely for any potential violations.
Those efforts led to the March 3 rd probation search of an Oxnard residence where deputies made contact with 28-year-old Humberto Bautista, 23-year-old Isaiah Magallon, and 22-year- old Moses Mendoza, each of whom was quickly determined to have outstanding misdemeanor arrest warrants.
While all three were detained by deputies, the ensuing search of the premises led to the discovery and seizure of “two loaded semi-automatic handguns, and a high capacity ammunition magazine. One of the pistols was determined to be “an untraceable ghost gun,” while the other was registered to a fourth individual outside the county “and had not been transferred legally.”
Mendoza, Magallon, and Bautista were all transported to Ventura County Jail, where they were booked on their outstanding warrants and charged with “various firearms violations.
Photo: Courtesy Ventura County Sheriff’s Post Release Offender Unit