“While the vehicle was pulling over, the deputy observed the front seat passenger crawl into the back seat,” he said. “After the vehicle stopped, the deputy made contact with the occupants of the vehicle and immediately smelled the odor of marijuana coming from inside the car.”
A gun, which authorities later found was stolen, was also spotted in plain view in the passenger floorboard of the vehicle, Stancill said.
Goolsby claimed he didn’t know the gun was stolen, Stancill said.
Following a search of the vehicle, another gun was found under the passenger seat, Stancill said.
“That gun was not reported stolen that we know of at this time,” Stancill said. “The case is still under investigation.”
Goolsby was arrested on charges of theft by receiving stolen property, possession of marijuana of less than 1 ounce and crossing the guardlines with contraband, authorities said.
Stancill said the last charge was added when Goolsby tried to stuff marijuana in the seat of the patrol car while he was on his way to jail.
The driver, identified as Dontavious McCrary, was arrested and charged with two counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
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