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Independence County man found with marijuana, meth and firearm

An Independence County man, who finally decided to stop on Galloway Road, was taken into custody and is now on a hold for the county’s narcotics officer, authorities say.

Jerry W. Hollingsworth, 61, was in Newark Thursday, June 28, when Independence County Sheriff’s Deputy Bobby Lockard got behind him on Cord Road. Lockard said he turned on his emergency lights, and Hollingsworth kept driving until he stopped in the middle of Galloway Road. Lockard found marijuana, drug paraphernalia and coin-sized baggies containing what tested positive as methamphetamine. A firearm was also found under the driver’s seat of Hollingsworth’s vehicle, the official report noted.

Hollingsworth is in jail on a narcotics hold. Possible charges include possession of methamphetamine; simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms; possession of marijuana; possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon; and possession of various pieces of drug paraphernalia.

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