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Gregg Co. deputy, DEA agents make big drug bust Monday

Joshua Gammage. Photo Courtesy Gregg County Sheriff's Department. Joshua Gammage. Photo Courtesy Gregg County Sheriff's Department.
David Jaray Watkins. Photo courtesy of Gregg County Sheriff. David Jaray Watkins. Photo courtesy of Gregg County Sheriff.
GREGG COUNTY, TX (KLTV) -

According to the Gregg County Sheriff's Department, on Monday, March 12 at 1:48 a.m. Deputy Frank Bless conducted a traffic stop on a red Dodge Magnum sedan near the 400 block of the W. Highway 42 access road. The stop initially occurred because the car's license plate lights were defective.

According to arrest documents, the car was driven by Joshua Jammie Gammage, age 19, and his passenger was David Jaray Watkins, age 21.

After speaking with both Gammage and Watkins, Deputy Bless discovered that Gammage was in possession of an unusually large sum of money, in the amount of $1,008.00. Bless noticed that both were displaying very nervous behavior, additionally, so he asked if he could search the vehicle. Permission was granted.

After an initial search of the vehicle, Bless said he found a small baggie containing a green, leafy substance believed to be marijuana, weighing about 3 grams. It was hidden inside an open can of Monster energy drink located in the center console.

According to the arrest documents, Deputy Bless continued to search and located $10,995 located in a duffle bag in the cargo area of the vehicle.

DEA taskforce agents were then notified and assisted in the investigation.

A further search of the vehicle by DEA Agent North was conducted and he found a clear bag containing four other bags containing a large number of blue, red and green tablets believed by the agent to be ecstacy (weight approximately 105 grams) hidden below the spare tire in the cargo area. 

Both Watkins and Gammage were taken into custody and transported to the Gregg County Jail where they were booked in on possession of a controlled substance >4grams<400grams, which is a second degree felony. 

Since Gammage confessed to possessing the green leafy substance believed to be marijuana, a charge of possession of marijuana <2oz,  a class B misdemeanor, was added to his charges.

 

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