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SBSD - Morongo Basin Sheriff's Department
Tuesday November 21st, 2023 :: 11:00 a.m. PST


Deputies Conduct a Traffic Stop and Contact a Felon in Possession of a Ghost Gun

DATE/TIME: Thursday, November 16, 2023 / 12:46 a.m.

INCIDENT: PC 29800(a)(1), Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Warrant Arrest

LOCATION: Highway 62 and Old Woman Springs Road, Yucca Valley, CA 

SUSPECT(S): Thomas Higgins, 40-year-old resident of Yucca Valley

VICTIM(S): State of California

SUMMARY: On Thursday, November 16, 2023, deputies assigned to the Morongo Basin Station were working patrol in the town of Yucca Valley. Deputies observed a vehicle in violation of multiple vehicle code violations, and initiated a traffic stop. During the traffic stop, Thomas Higgins was identified as the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle.  During a subsequent records check, Higgins had several active felony and misdemeanor warrants for his arrest. Subsequent to his arrest, deputies conducted an inventory search of his vehicle and located a 9mm ghost gun.  

In 2022, AB 1621 was signed into law. This law was enacted to circumvent disqualified persons, such as felons, from building, transferring, and/or the possession of unserialized firearms and precursor parts known as ghost guns.

Higgins was arrested for PC 29800 - Felon in Possession of a Firearm and several felony and misdemeanor warrants. He was booked at the Morongo Basin Jail where he is being held in lieu of $50,000 bail.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to contact Deputy N. Kridner at the Morongo Basin Station, at (760) 366-4175. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at

Refer: Deputy N. Kridner

Station: Morongo Basin Station 

Phone No. (760) 366-4175

Case No. 232301698

SHANNON D. DICUS, Sheriff-Coroner
San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department

SBSD - Morongo Basin Sheriff's Department
63665 Twentynine Palms Highway
Joshua Tree, CA 92252

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