Deputies stopped a woman on probation in Vista Tuesday morning and found a loaded “ghost gun” with a silencer attached inside the car she was driving, the Sheriff’s Department said.
The deputies were patrolling the area just before 7 a.m. when they recognized the vehicle they said belonged to a woman on probation stemming from a drug sales conviction, the department said in a news release.
In addition to the gun, a small amount of narcotics and drug paraphernalia were found in the car, according to Sgt. Andrew Brumfield.
The 37-year-old woman was arrested and booked into Vista jail on suspicion of several charges, including drug possession and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
The term ghost gun usually describes a self-assembled firearm with no serial number that is difficult or impossible to trace. The weapons have proliferated across the country in recent years.