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Colmesneil man arrested on firearms charges

by Emily Waldrep

A Colmesneil man identified as Jason Ferguson has been arrested on a warrant issued after it was discovered that he owned several firearms while he had a protective order filed against him.

Witnesses reported some meth sales and stolen property in the Colmesneil area, and several deputies went to the area near the reported residence to look for suspicious traffic.

At that time, deputies initiated a traffic stop in the area on a driver out of the Houston area named Francisco Guerro, who stated he came to Colmesneil to meet a friend named Jason Ferguson, who has an extensive record with drugs.

Guerro was driving with a suspended license and gave deputies consent to search his vehicle. At that time occupants of the vehicle, including a nine year old girl, stated that they gave a white powdery substance to Ferguson in exchange for money.

Shortly after, on December 23, a search warrant was served for Ferguson.

"Ferguson was not home at the time of the search but it appeared someone had left in a hurry," said Chief Deputy Phil Ryan of the Tyler County Sheriff's Department. "No narcotics were found, but deputies discovered three firearms, which included the description of one that witnesses had seen."

The firearms were taken into evidence and a warrant was issued for Ferguson for violation of a protective order. Ferguson has since been arrested.