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On Friday, September 18, 2020 Atoka Police Officer Chase Franklin was running stationary radar at Highway 69 and Ruth Avenue when he observed an orange Ford Fusion traveling at a high rate of speed northbound on Highway 69.
Radar confirmed the vehicle was traveling at 73 miles per hour in a 55 mile per hour zone. Officer Franklin activated his emergency lights and conducted a traffic stop.
Officer Franklin approached the vehicle to make contact with the two female occupants, driver Gosten Gayden, 42, of Clarkesville, Tennessee and passenger Jennifer Booker, 37, of Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
While standing at the window of the vehicle, the strong odor of marijuana was coming from inside the vehicle. Officer Franklin asked the pair if there was any marijuana inside the Fusion.
Gayden told the officer she did have some marijuana edible gummies and some old baggies containing marijuana residue, some rolling papers and a set of digital scales inside the vehicle.
Booker admitted to having a grinder and a small baggy of marijuana.
Both suspects were asked to step out of the vehicle while a search was conducted.
Officer Franklin located Booker’s baggy of marijuana and grinder. The officer also found two packages of gummies, rolling paper, a clear plastic container with clear baggies containing marijuana residue, and a set of digital scales that belonged to Gayden.
Both women were cited for possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia and released from the scene.