Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Covelo Man Accused of Manufacturing ‘Ghost Guns’ at His Residence

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:

Gonzalo Vazquez [Mugshot from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Booking Logs]

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.   

A privately made semi-automatic handgun [Photograph from MCSO]

The Deputy detained Vazquez in handcuffs and searched the vehicle for firearms before continuing with his DUI investigation. 

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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. 

Tools and materials found at Vazquez’s home used to make ‘ghost guns’ [Photo from MCSO]

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.

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  1. Sleepy Joe “Stalin” Biden has the answer. Make legal guns illegal then there will be only criminals who have guns,

    This will stop home invasion perps from getting shot by some idiot who thinks he can defend his property and family.Only criminals will have rights in the current judicial system after Joe is done with the constitution !!!.

    • They say that with every Democrat lol So far Reagan got open carry made illegal in CA, automatic weapons illegal along with Bush, and trump got bump stocks banned.

    • From where I sit both the Dems and Far right are destroying this country. It is a very sad state of the Union when you have people on both sides of the isle far more concerned with making the other side look bad then they are willing to work together for real and needed change. Any one who thinks a 21 year old needs an AR-15 has not held and shot one and seen the damage it can do. I am all for gun rights but giving a young man such a weapon with out training and oversight is foolishness.

  2. They can’t legally charge you with possession of a firearm because it’s an infringement on your second amendment rights but instead they charge you with possession of an assault weapon which isn’t even classified as a firearm even though it is one that way they can infringe your right to bear arms.

  3. You can only manufacture a gun for yourself, with your own tools and no help. You can not borrow the tools, or do it for someone else. And of course you can’t commit a crime with them. You have to have a blank bottom and drill the holes etc.

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