Nearly a dozen stolen and loaded guns, as well as drugs and paraphernalia, were found Tuesday by Palestine Police officers during a traffic stop for invalid license plates.

Shortly before 10 p.m., PPD Officer Cody Kemp pulled over a maroon Chevrolet Tahoe at Kim’s Convenience Store on Crockett Road.

The driver of the Tahoe, later identified as Jason Neal, 24, of Palestine, left the vehicle and threw the keys on top of the convenience store. Police said Neal was belligerent and non-compliant.

Searching the vehicle, officers found three handguns, six rifles, one shotgun, and bulletproof armor. All firearms were loaded; two were found to be stolen in Anderson and Henderson Counties.

Aside from the firearms, officers found seven grams each of methamphetamine and ecstasy, 4.5 ounces of marijuana, and $500 in cash. A digital scale and plastic bags also were found.

Neal was taken to the Anderson County Jail, and booked on manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana over 4 ounces, theft of a firearm, unlawful carrying of a weapon, and resisting arrest.

Bail has not yet been set.

“Officer Kemp did an outstanding job catching this individual,” PPD Asst. Chief Mark Harcrow said. “There’s no telling what this guy had planned.”

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