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Sheriff’s Dept.: Probationer arrested in Vista with ghost gun, silencer

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.

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