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Tennessee Man Jailed After Marijuana, Pills, Weapon Found In His Vehicle I-30 During Traffic Stop

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An early morning traffic stop on Interstate 30 resulted in a 25-year-old Tennessee man’s arrest after marijuana, pills suspected to be Ecstasy, a pistol and ammunition were found in his vehicle, according to arrest reports.

Hopkins County Sheriff’s Deputy Drew Fisher at 1:14 a.m. Feb. 19 reportedly radioed Cumby Police Sgt. Ray Embro about a black 2012 Dodge Challenger traveling west at speeds over 95 miles per hour on Interstate 30 at mile marker 116. Fisher reported he could not catch up to the vehicle to stop it. Embro was parked near mile marker 112 and watched until he saw the speeding car.

Embro turned on his rear emergency lights in an attempt to get the car to slow down. The car abruptly exited I-30 at exit 112 and continued at a high rate of speed on the north service road. Embro continued on I-30 to exit 110, where he parked at the exit on the north service road and turned on all emergency lights on his patrol vehicle. When the Challenger stopped, Embro commanded the driver to park in the business parking lot north of the location, the policeman alleged in arrest reports.

Andrew McKenzie Golston

Once stopped, Embro noted the car had a Tennessee license plate. Fisher arrived on scene to assist. The officers contacted the driver, identified in reports as 25-year-old Andrew McKenzie Golston of Memphis, Tennessee. Golston allegedly claimed he was speeding in an effort to get away from another vehicle due to the occupants’ actions.

Embro alleged, in arrest reports, he smelled a strong odor of what he believed to be marijuana coming from the car. He requested Golston exit the car. Golston allegedly admitted there was illegal contraband in the vehicle.

Officers reportedly detained Golston, then conducted a probable cause search of the car. Officers allegedly found multiple bags of marijuana, multiple small bags containing pills officers believed to be Ecstasy, two marijuana bongs, a loaded black Glock pistol, a large magazine with multiple rounds of ammunition and a plastic bag containing multiple rounds of ammunition, Embro alleged in arrest reports.

Consequently, Golson was arrested at 1:25 a.m. and taken to jail for possession of 4 ounces or more but less than 5 pounds of marijuana, possession of 1 gram or more but less than 4 grams of a controlled substance and unlawful carry of a weapon. The car was impounded, according to arrest reports.

Golston remained in Hopkins County jail late Wednesday morning, Feb. 19. His bond was set at $25,000 on the controlled substance charge, $10,000 on the marijuana charge and $2,000 on the weapon charge, according to jail reports.


The Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office is located at 298 Rosemont St., Sulphur Springs, TX 75482. Non-emergency calls can be made to (903) 438-4040.

Author: Faith Huffman

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