Nipomo man charged with multiple firearm offenses

June 2, 2021

Cesar Diego Ortega


A probation search conducted last week at a Nipomo man’s home allegedly netted a pair of illicit rifles and ended with the suspect’s arrest.

On May 27, members of the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Gang Task Force, as well as SLO County probation and Arroyo Grande police officers, conducted a search of a home in the 300 block of Neptune Drive. During the search, officers found several items that required further investigation. The items included materials indicating gang affiliation, a Glock micro conversion kit, large capacity magazines and two assault rifles, according to the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office.

Investigators determined the firearms were a Panther Arms A-15 semi-automatic short barreled rifle and a ghost gun semi-automatic short barreled rifle. Ghost guns are privately made firearms that have no serial number from a commercial manufacturer.

Authorities arrested Cesar Diego Ortega, 20, and booked him in the SLO County Jail on charges of possession of an assault rifle and possession of a short barreled rifle. Ortega is not currently listed as being in custody, according to the sheriff’s office website.

Jorge Estrada

My take on his weapons is why? I wouldn’t mind having one of those cool guns but what a waste of money, even if free because the ammo would be expensive. A better self defense gun would be a legal shotgun. He should join the military and get some beneficial training.


How I detest that inflammatory label “ghost gun.”


Only 20 years old and committed to a life of crime. Sad.


I agree. He can’t even legally drink yet! What a waste. But don’t worry, under CA law he’ll be out soon so he can continue his criminal ways.


Yep, agreed. He can’t legally drink and probably had a far easier time amassing that arsenal than he would have trying to buy a six pack thanks to completely ineffective CA gun laws.


Haha based on the up/down votes, apparently criticizing CA criminal law is good, unless you are criticizing CA criminal law about GUNS. I guess you all think the only perfect CA laws are the ones dealing with firearms? Interesting crowd we have here!


Point of fact:

California (and NY) have the most stringent gun laws in the US.

FACT, however inconvenient