North Hollywood bust uncovers ‘phantom weapon’, says LAPD

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Police recovered an unregistered and untraceable firearm during a search of a stolen North Hollywood campervan on Wednesday, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

Police were responding to reports of illegal parking near Cahuenga Boulevard and Califa Street around 8 a.m. when they saw a motorhome without license plates and with a covered vehicle identification number, said indicated the police.

After officers obtained the VIN of the occupant of the motorhome, Ryan Andres, 31, they discovered the vehicle had been reported stolen, police said.

Police arrested Andres, who was on probation, and searched the camper van, where they said they found narcotics and a “ghost gun” – a weapon that can be created at home from easily assembled parts. that don’t carry serial numbers like most guns, according to gun control advocacy group Brady.

Andres was arrested and on Thursday the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office charged him with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of an assault weapon, police said.

“The men and women of Operations-Valley Bureau are committed to reducing incidents of violence by removing firearms from illegal owners in all of our neighborhoods and communities in the valley,” said LAPD Deputy Chief Alan Hamilton, in a statement.

Anyone with information can call detectives at 818-754-8300, or call 877-527-3247 after normal business hours. Anonymous advice can be submitted via 800-222-8477 or lacrimestoppers.org.

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