Stolen Gun Found During Traffic Stop

Two people were arrested during a traffic stop Tuesday afternoon on Parkertown Road off Highway 301 South of Four Oaks.

A Johnston County SAFE Team deputy stopped a 2005 Mercedes for a traffic violation and discovered the driver, Ernest Terrell McKoy, 30, of Shane Lane, Dunn, was reportedly driving the vehicle on a suspended license.  McKoy was issued a citation for driving on a revoked license.

During a search of the car a loaded Glock 9mm handgun was found on the floorboard concealed in a bag.  The gun had been reported stolen to the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office in August 2017 from an address on Braswell Road near Smithfield.

McKoy and a passenger, Jessica Ann Owda, 30, of Elliott Bridge Road, Bunnlevel, were charged with felony possession of a stolen firearm. McKoy was also charged with possession of a firearm by a felon.

McKoy was held under a $35,000 bond. Owda was confined under a $10,000 bond in the Johnston County Jail.