On Monday, May 24, at approximately 6:20 p.m., Officers from the Oxnard Police Department Special Enforcement Unit (gang unit) conducted a traffic stop of a Nissan Altima in the 200 block of West Hueneme Road in Oxnard.  Officers contacted the sole occupant, Luis Mendez, 29 years, Oxnard resident.  Mendez is a known criminal street gang member within the City of Oxnard, and is currently out on bail for possession of controlled substances and possession of a firearm. During Mendez’ contact with Officers, Mendez was found in possession of methamphetamine. 

During a subsequent search of Mendez’ vehicle, Officers located a loaded un-serialized Glock style P80 semi-automatic 9 millimeter handgun concealed under the driver’s side floor mat.  The barrel of the firearm was also found to be threaded, and capable of accepting a flash suppressor or silencer; making the firearm an assault weapon under California law.  P80 semi-automatic handguns are commercially sold incomplete and without serial numbers; they must be further manufactured to make them functioning firearms and serialized.  Mendez was arrested for possession of an unregistered firearm, possession of an assault weapon and possession of a controlled substance while in possession of a firearm.