Mississippi man arrested on drug, weapons charges in Jackson County

Published: Oct. 29, 2018 at 11:31 PM EDT
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By: Fletcher Keel | WCTV Eyewitness News

October 29, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- The Jackson County Sheriff's Office has arrested a man on weapons and drug charges following a traffic stop on Monday.

Deputies say a probable cause traffic stop was conducted on a vehicle for a safety belt violation at a gas station on Highway 231.

JCSO says upon making contact with the driver, later identified as 35-year-old Gary Goss, he was informed for the reason of the stop and Goss provided information to the deputy and, after doing so, began to show signs of being visibly nervous.

Officials say Goss informed the deputy on his own that his license was expired and there was a firearm within the vehicle.

Deputies say Goss was asked to step out of the vehicle for safety purposes and the firearm was later retrieved from between the driver's seat and the center console.

Officials say when asked by the deputy, Goss was unable to remember how to spell his last name and then advised his last name was different from what he previously stated.

JCSO says while the deputy attempted to confirm Goss' identity, he was fidgeting around the front of the patrol vehicle.

Deputies say upon closer look, a clear bag had been placed in the opening of the patrol vehicle's grill and Goss was detained and, upon inspection, a crystal-like substance was discovered, which was suspected and later confirmed to be methamphetamine.

Officials say a search of Goss' vehicle was conducted and a glass smoking pipe with meth residue was found in the center console of the vehicle. JCSO said an AR-15-style rifle was found within the vehicle along with ammunition.

Authorities say after identifying Goss, they discovered he is a resident of Mississippi and a further check indicated he had an active warrant out of Mississippi for a parole violation and that Goss is a convicted felon.

Deputies say Goss was placed under arrest and was transported to the Jackson County Correctional Facility to await first appearance on his charges.

Goss is facing charges of possession of firearm by convicted felon (two counts), possession of ammunition by convicted felon (two counts), possession of meth, possession of drug paraphernalia/narcotic equipment, providing false identification information to law enforcement and resisting arrest without violence.

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