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Woman arrested for possessing ghost gun, drugs in Vista

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Posted at 5:09 PM, Apr 26, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-26 20:09:23-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) – A woman was arrested on drug and weapon charges in Vista on Tuesday, according to the Vista Sheriff’s Station.

At 7:00 a.m., deputies were out patrolling in the 1000 block of Meadow Lake due to recent criminal activity in the area. They recognized a car belonging to a woman identified as 37-year-old Shelley Bates, who was on probation for selling drugs.

Deputies approached Bates and did a probation search, where they found a small amount of drugs and drug paraphernalia inside the car. They also found a loaded 9mm ghost gun with a suppressor (silencer) on the passenger floorboard.

Bates was taken into custody and booked into the Vista Jail for possession of a controlled substance while armed, felon in possession of a firearm, possession of a firearm silencer, prohibited person in possession of a firearm, possession of a controlled substance and possession of controlled substance paraphernalia.