The following is a press released issued by the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office. The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:
On 05-02-2021 at about 12:02 A.M, a Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputy conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in the 1300 block of North State Street in Ukiah, California.
The Deputy contacted the driver, Anthony Fortner, and a male passenger.
Fortner exited his vehicle and walked over to the passenger side door, appearing nervous and not wanting the Deputy to approach the driver side of the vehicle.
The passenger opened the passenger door and the Deputy saw multiple opened alcoholic beverage containers in the passenger door area. The passenger admitted to having open containers in the vehicle and consuming alcoholic beverages in the vehicle.
A search of the vehicle for further evidence of open alcoholic beverages was conducted.
During the search, bulk quantity of processed cannabis bud was located near a partially consumed alcoholic beverage. While searching beneath the driver seat, the Deputy located a loaded, 9mm semi-automatic handgun.
The Deputy examined the firearm and was unable to locate a serial number. The serial number tab was blank and no make, model or caliber information was present on the firearm. Based on these observations, the Deputy determined it was an unregistered firearm, commonly referred to as a “Ghost Gun”.
Based on the totality of the investigation, Fortner was arrested for being in possession of a loaded, unregistered firearm.
The passenger was released from the scene without charges.
Fortner was transported to the Mendocino County Jail where he was booked, to be released after the jail booking process on zero bail pursuant to COVID-19 bail schedule set forth by the State of California Judicial Council.