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California deputies find handgun on pepperoni pizza in box during traffic stop: troubling topping

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You’ve never had a pizza topping like this. 

Authorities in Southern California found a range of drugs during a traffic stop Tuesday, but also discovered a handgun inside a pizza box on top of a pepperoni pie, the Kern County Sheriff’s office said. 

Deputies stopped the vehicle around 3 a.m. in Rosamond, 80 miles north of Los Angeles, for “simple vehicle code violations.”

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A handgun on top of a pizza inside a pizza box on a car seat

California sheriff’s deputies found a handgun being used as a pizza topping during a traffic stop.  (Kern County Sheriff’s Office)

The driver, Danny Carson, 47, had a misdemeanor warrant and was on post-release community supervision for weapons violations, authorities said. During a search of the vehicle, deputies found methamphetamine, Xanax, cocaine, and fentanyl, which weighed a combined 1.5 pounds. 

“Deputies located a sawed-off shotgun and two loaded handguns, one of which was concealed in a pizza box on top of the pizza,” the sheriff’s office said. 

drugs, cash and drug paraphernalia displayed on a table

Drugs, cash, firearms are displayed on a table by the Kern County Sheriff’s Office.  (Kern County Sheriff’s Office)

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Also found inside the vehicle were cash, scales, drug paraphernalia and packing equipment, authorities said. Three passengers in the car were also arrested. They were identified as Benjamin Vasquez, 47; Krista Rutledge, 30; and 18-year-old Saydee Vandehey.

All four, including Carson, were arrested on suspicion of multiple weapons and drug violations

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