Gang task force arrests 2, seize gun on 10 Freeway

Two men were arrested early Saturday morning and a firearm seized following a traffic stop on the 10 Freeway in Palm Desert.

According to a media release from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, a CHP officer pulled over a vehicle they say was driving at a high rate of speed on the 10 Freeway near Bob Hope Drive about midnight. During the stop, a .44 caliber revolver was observed in the vehicle and the two occupants were detained.

Officers from the the Coachella Valley Violent Crime Gang Task Force responded and assumed the investigation. Through their investigation, Gang Task Force Officers determined documented gang member David Bustos was in possession of the revolver. He was arrested for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm and violation of parole.

The driver of the vehicle, identified as documented gang member Christopher Mendez, was arrested for driving under the influence.