For Immediate Release:
On Thursday, March 6, 2014, around 11:14 a.m., Detectives with the Orange County Special Services Division were working patrol in the area of FM 105 near the Orangefield High School, in Orange County, when they observed the driver of a black Chevrolet truck commit a traffic violation.
The Detectives conducted a traffic stop on the truck and it pulled into a parking lot of nearby gas station. As Detectives approached the vehicle, they observed a synthetic marijuana cigarette in plain view on the center console of the truck. The driver and passenger were detained for possession of the synthetic marijuana.
Detectives searched the vehicle and found approximately 23 grams of methamphetamine, a small amount of Ecstasy, and numerous alprazolam tablets.
The driver was identified as Scott Shaunesey, W/M, date of birth: 04/10/1982, of Orange. The passenger was identified as Christopher Briggs, W/M, date of birth: 03/02/1985, also of Orange. Both men were arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance in a Drug Free Zone, a Felony, and were transported to the Orange County Jail.
Once at the jail, it was discovered that Briggs had two felony indictments for Tampering with a Government Document, and one felony indictment for Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle. The warrants had a bond of $25,000 each, totaling $75,000. There has been no bond set for the new charges for Shaunesey or Briggs. Both remain in custody at the Orange County Jail.
Sheriff Keith Merritt said the Sheriff’s Office will continue diligently to eradicate drugs from all areas of Orange County’s neighborhoods.