The following is a press release 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 07-08-2022 at about 11:23 PM a Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputy conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by Gonzalo Vazquez in the 78000 block of Highway 162 in Covelo, California.
The Deputy contacted Vazquez who was the solo occupant of the vehicle. The Deputy detected the odor of alcohol emanating from Vazquez and further observed him to display objective symptoms of alcohol intoxication.
Vazquez was asked to exit the vehicle so the Deputy could conduct field sobriety tests to determine if he was driving under the influence (DUI).
The Deputy noticed there was ammunition in a cup holder in the center console. The Deputy questioned Vazquez if there any firearms in the vehicle and the Deputy learned a firearm was in the trunk of the vehicle.
The Deputy detained Vazquez in handcuffs and searched the vehicle for firearms before continuing with his DUI investigation.
Upon searching the vehicle the Deputy located a black colored bag in the trunk of the vehicle which contained a fully functional undetectable (no serial numbers, commonly referred to as a ghost gun) “P80” privately made firearm pistol chambered for 9mm ammunition. The bag also contained several 9mm magazines loaded with ammunition for the pistol.
The Deputy completed his DUI investigation of Vazquez and arrested him for driving under the influence of alcohol/drugs. The Deputy conducted a criminal history of Vazquez and learned he is legally prohibited from possessing firearms and/or ammunition.
Vazquez was arrested for 23152(f) CVC, 24610 PC, 30305(a)1) PC and 29800(a)(1) PC. Vazquez was booked into the Mendocino County Jail for the listed charges.
On 07-10-2022 at 12:31 AM Mendocino County Sheriff Deputies served a search warrant at Vazquez’s residence.
Deputies located an undetectable (no serial number) privately made AR-15 style semi-automatic rifle with an illegal short barrel which also met the criteria of a prohibited assault weapon in California.
The Deputies further located several rounds of ammunition for the listed assault weapon, partially made parts for other firearms, tools to complete and manufacture/assemble firearm components and several ammunition magazines.
The Deputies located packaging materials that indicated Vasquez was purchasing the partially completed firearm components commonly referred to as “P80” (Polymer80 firearm receivers) from out of state sources via the mail.
Vazquez was additionally charged with 30605(a) PC (Possession of an Assault Weapon) and was to be held in lieu of $25,000.00 bail.