Convicted Felons Arrested with a Loaded Firearm and Narcotics


Reporting Deputy: Sergeant Paul Heredia

File # GE222640004


On Wednesday, September 21, 2022, at 1:05 P.M. the Coachella Valley Violent Crime Gang Task Force (GVVCGTF) conducted suppression patrol in the city of Cathedral City. During the patrol, Gang Task Force Officers conducted a traffic enforcement stop near Date Palm Drive and Tortuga Road in Cathedral City. During the stop, Gang Task Force Officers contacted the occupants of the vehicle, Mohammad Ali Mir, a 49-year-old resident of Desert Hot Springs and Andrew Gamboa, a 32-year-old resident of Desert Hot Springs. Gang Task Force Officers learned Mir was on active state parole and conducted a parole compliance search of the vehicle. During the search, they located a loaded 9mm handgun without any identifying serial numbers (commonly referred to as a “Ghost Gun”). Additionally, they located suspected methamphetamine and evidence indicative of narcotics sales. Both Mir and Gamboa were arrested at the scene. Mir was charged with Convicted Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Possession of Methamphetamine for Sales, Possession of a Loaded Firearm with Narcotics and Violation of Parole. Gamboa was charged with Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Committing a Felony While on Bail, and Driving While Addicted to Drugs. Mir and Gamboa were subsequently booked at John Benoit Detention Center.

The Coachella Valley Violent Crime Gang Task Force is committed to creating safe and secure neighborhoods free of violent crime and gang activity. If you have any information about this crime, please contact Officer Coddington of the CVVCGTF at 760- 836-1600. If you have non-emergency information regarding gang activity, please use our online Gang Task Force Tip Form or call 951-922-7601.

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