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Traffic Stop Leads to Meth Bust, Seizure of ‘Ghost Gun’ in Pasadena

Published on Friday, October 23, 2020 | 8:39 am
Pasadena police recovered this unserialized “ghost gun,” along with a “large amount” of methamphetamine following a traffic stop on Oct. 22, 2020. (Credit: Pasadena Police Department)

Police seized a “large amount” of methamphetamine, as well as an unserialized ‘ghost gun,’ following what began as a traffic stop in Pasadena on Thursday night, officials said.

Officers pulled over a car for a traffic violation about 9:30 p.m. at Del Bar Boulevard and Arroyo Parkway, Pasadena police Lt. William Grisafe said. A man was driving and a woman was riding as a passenger.

The officers found the woman was on probation for a narcotics-related conviction an searched the car, according to the lieutenant.

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“A large amount of methamphetamine was discovered,” Grisafe said. He declined to discuss the specific amount as the investigation continued Friday morning.

Police then carried out a search at a nearby motel where the man and woman had been staying, he said. Inside, they found a loaded, unserialized handgun commonly referred to as a ‘ghost gun.”

Benjamin Patrick Botnick, 27, of Tujunga, who has been driving the car stopped by police, was arrested on suspicion of possession of drugs for sales and weapon-related violations, according to police and Los Angeles County booking records. The woman was not arrested.

Botnick was released from custody with a citation pending legal proceedings, records show.

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