Drug arrests in Orange County; deputies find meth, synthetic marijuana

Drug arrests in Orange County; deputies find meth, synthetic marijuana

Deputies in Orange County arrested two men and recovered methamphetamine, synthetic marijuana and numerous pieces of drug paraphernalia after a traffic stop on FM 105 in Orangefield near Orangefield Elementary School at a little after 1 p.m. on Feb. 13, according to a news release from the Orange County Sheriff's Office.

Chief Deputy Clint Hodgkinson reports detectives with OCSO's Special Services Division were patrolling the area when they observed a black Chevrolet pickup truck veer onto the shoulder of the road and then swerve back across the center dividing line on FM 105 near Grander Lane. As detectives conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle, they saw an object being thrown from a window of the truck, according to the release. Upon searching the vehicle, they reportedly discovered approximately 14 grams of methamphetamine hidden inside the truck, synthetic marijuana, two pellet pistols, and a variety of drug paraphernalia including pipes and scales.

The driver, 31-year-old Scott Patrick Shaunesey, and the passenger, 22-year-old Levi Ryan Gollihare, were both arrested for felony possession of a controlled substance in a drug-free zone. They face a higher charge with stiffer penalties due to their proximity to the elementary school. Both were transported to the Orange County Jail where they remain in custody as of the time of this report.

Sheriff Keith Merritt said he will "continue utilizing every resource the sheriff's office has available to take drugs off the streets and out of our neighborhoods in Orange County," the release stated.