A convicted felon was arrested when officials found firearms and a meth pipe in his car after pulling him over for speeding Thursday night, according to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office. 

At about 9 p.m., sheriff's deputies conducted a vehicle enforcement stop for a driver who was reportedly reaching excessive speeds in the area of Mahoney and Black roads. The driver was identified as Barry Pardo, 52, of Santa Maria.

During the stop, officials searched Pardo's vehicle, and found a large rifle case and a methamphetamine smoking pipe. The rifle case contained an assault rifle without a serial number, a small caliber rifle and two high-capacity AR-15 type magazines, according to the Sheriff's Office. 

Officials said Pardo is a convicted felon and is prohibited from possessing any firearms. He was arrested for being a felon in possession of a firearm, possession of an assault weapon, possession of high-capacity magazines and possession of drug paraphernalia. 

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He was booked into custody at the Lompoc Police Department with bail set at $35,000. 

Gina Kim covers crime and courts for Santa Maria Times. Follow her on Twitter @gina_k210

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