(Orange, Texas)

February 13, 2014

Two arrested for drug possession following traffic stop

Tommy Mann Jr.
The Orange Leader

ORANGEFIELD — Two men were arrested for narcotics possession following a traffic stop Thursday afternoon.

Scott Patrick Shaunesey and Levi Ryan Gollihare, both of Orange, were arrested and charged with felony possession of a controlled substance following a traffic stop near Orangefield Elementary on Thursday. Both men are currently in the Orange County Jail.

According to information provided by Chief Deputy Clint Hodgkinson of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, detectives with the Special Services Division were patrolling the FM 105 near the school when they observed a black Chevrolet truck begin moving erratically. Reports state the truck swerved to the right onto the shoulder of the road and then back to the left where it crossed the center stripe of the road.

As the detectives began to conduct a traffic stop of the Chevy truck near Granger Lane, they noticed an object being thrown from the vehicle. A search of the vehicle revealed approximately 14 grams of methamphetamines hidden inside the vehicle and a search of the area located the object, which authorities determined to be a methamphetamine pipe.

Detectives also found synthetic marijuana, drug paraphernalia items and two pellet pistols in the truck.

Shaunesey, 31, and Gollihare, 22, were both placed under arrest and transported to the Orange County Jail. The charged became a felony because the incident occurred near a school, which is considered to be a “Drug Free Zone.”

“We will continue to utilize every resource the Sheriff’s Office has available to take drugs off the streets and out of our neighborhoods in Orange County,” said Sheriff Keith Merritt in a statement.