A 43-year-old Wildomar felon is free on bail Friday after being arrested on suspicion of possessing a so-called “Ghost gun” along with methamphetamine and heroin.

David Rivas was arrested last Friday when a Riverside County sheriff’s deputy conducted a traffic stop at the intersection of Harvest Way East and Mill Pond Drive. According to Sgt. S. Dyer, a search of his vehicle yielded approximately a half-ounce of methamphetamine and heroin.

Deputies then conducted a follow-up investigation at Rivas’ residence, in the 33-000 block of Furrow Court, and found a non-serialized handgun — considered a ghost gun for being untraceable.

Rivas was booked into the Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta on suspicion of being a felon in possession of controlled substances, possession of narcotics, possession of a firearm and violating probation, but has since posted $10,000 bail. He is scheduled to make his initial appearance at the Southwest Justice Center on March 17.

Rivas’ previous criminal history was not immediately available.

Ghost guns, also known as kit guns or 80% guns, are virtually untraceable weapons that can be made at home using legally purchased parts to complete the already-assembled portion. They are sold at gun shows and online.

The unfinished parts are not required under federal law to have serial numbers or a background check to purchase.

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