Santa Rosa man arrested on suspicion of possessing loaded ‘ghost gun’

The gun had an extended magazine containing 30 rounds, police said.|

A Santa Rosa man was arrested on suspicion of illegally possessing a “ghost gun” following a stop for a vehicle code violation by Santa Rosa police Saturday night.

Edgar Vargas Pena, 29, was booked into county jail on suspicion of possession of a loaded weapon in a vehicle and possession of a concealed firearm, according to Santa Rosa police.

Members of the Santa Rosa Police Department’s Special Enforcement Team conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle about 7 p.m. at Todd Road and Moorland Avenue in Santa Rosa.

The team was developed to address the rise in illegal firearm possession and the rise in gun violence in Santa Rosa, officials said.

After stopping the car authorities seized a a loaded 40-caliber handgun, police said. The gun was found n the trunk, officials said.

The handgun was a privately made handgun with no serial numbers, commonly referred to as a ghost gun. The handgun also had an extended magazine that contained 30 rounds, officials said, adding that, it was determined the driver did not know about the firearm.

You can reach Staff Writer Kathleen Coates at or 707-521-5209.

Kathleen Coates

Windsor and Cloverdale, The Press Democrat 

As someone who grew up in a small town, I enjoy covering what's happening in Windsor and Cloverdale, which are growing in their own unique ways.  I delve into issues by getting to know people and finding out what’s going on in the community. I also pay attention to animal welfare and other issues that affect Sonoma County.

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