Traffic stop leads deputies to find meth, AR-15 style rifle in man's car

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Posted at 10:28 PM, Oct 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-29 18:59:39-04

JACKSON COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) - A traffic stop led law enforcement to finding methamphetamine and a AR-15 style rifle with a bunch of ammunition inside of a man's car. 

Gary Goss, 35, of Hickory, Mississippi, was arrested by the Jackson County Sheriff's Office on Monday.

On Monday, deputies conducted a probable cause traffic stop for a seatbelt violation on Goss. 

When deputies made contact with Goss, he was informed why he was stopped. Goss provided deputies with information about his identity and after doing so, he began to show signs of being visibly nervous and excessively sweat. 

Goss admitted to deputies that his license was expired and there was a firearm inside the vehicle.   

Goss told deputies that he was in the area helping with relief efforts and was not from the area. However, when asked by deputies, he was unable to remember how to spell his last name and then said he had a different last name than what he previously stated. 

When deputies were trying to confirm Gross's identity, he was fidgeting around the front of the marked patrol vehicle. When deputies got a closer look, they saw a clear bag with methamphetamine had been placed in the opening of the patrol vehicle’s grill.  

Deputies then conducted a search of the vehicle and found a glass smoking pipe, with suspected methamphetamine residue in the center console of the vehicle. Deputies also found another firearm which was an AR-15 style rifle inside the trunk of the vehicle with a bunch of ammunition.  

Goss has an active warrant out of Mississippi for a parole violation and is also a convicted felon out of Mississippi. 

He is being charged with:

  • two counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon
  • two counts of possession of ammunition by a convicted felon
  • possession of methamphetamine
  • possession of drug paraphernalia/narcotic equipment
  • providing false identification information to a law enforcement officer
  • resisting arrest without violence 

He was taken to the Jackson County Correctional Facility to await first appearance on his charges.