300 vote-by-mail ballots for the upcoming recall election were found along with a gun, drugs and stolen mail in a car parked at a convenience store.
Police in Torrance, CA were contacted about a man sleeping in a car at a 7-Eleven parking lot.
‘Inside the vehicle, the officers found a loaded handgun, some narcotics, and then they found a bunch of mail and what turned out to be over 300 election ballots in the backseat of the vehicle,’ said Sgt. Mark Ponegalek with the Torrance Police Department.
‘They appeared to be in a box, but they were also kind of strewn across the backseat of the vehicle and so there was just a large portion of mail in that backseat.’
Police say the man was a felon. The drugs found included Xanax pills and methamphetamine.
Police say the ballots for the Sept. 14 recall election of Gov. Gavin Newsom were un-opened and didn’t appear tampered with. Authorities also found multiple California driver's licenses and credit cards in the names of other people in the vehicle.
Police continue to investigate the incident.
"There's nothing to indicate this was focused on the election," the county registrar's office said.