Olde Scotland Road traffic stop turns up illegally held guns, marijuana, scales

04 March 2024- A late night traffic stop on Olde Scotland Road sees a 26 year old Chambersburg man charged with firearms and drug possession charges. Emmanuel Nath Florestal is charged with felony firearms carried without a license, misdemeanor marijuana possession, and misdemeanor drug paraphernalia possession. Florestal failed to post bail of $50,000.

PSP say that they pulled over a silver Mazda Protege around 12:20am on March 4th due to a series of possible bench warrants for the vehicle’s owner. That owner, Emmanuel Florestal, had a Florida suspended license as well as two bench warrants out of Franklin County, PA. Additionally, Troopers say that the vehicle smelled of marijuana as they drove near it.

When a stop was conducted PSP say that they could see the front seat passenger sift in their seat. That passenger, it was revealed, was Emmanuel Florestal. Troopers say that when they asked Florestal to exit the vehicle they saw a loaded magazine under the driver’s seat on the floorboard. It was at this point Troopers questioned the men about firearms, with Florestal allegedly telling them that there were no guns in the car. When the rear passenger exited the vehicle, however, police say they could see another firearm on the floorboard of the back seat.

After being granted a search of the car by Florestal, PSP say they found a black fanny pack containing a Canik handgun magazine, a black scale, 9 baggies of marijuana, and a baggie containing a white powder substance. Also found in the car, PSP say, was a Taurus G3C handgun with a loaded magazine and one in the chamber. A second loaded Taurus 9mm magazine and additional 9mm rounds were found beside the gun, according to police.

When police searched the glove box, Florestal allegedly told them his handgun was inside. Troopers then say they found a a loaded Taurus G2C without a round in the chamber. Also reportedly inside of the compartment was another scale and suspected marijuana.

Emmanuel Florestal is behind bars on $50,000.

Sources: Docket Number: MJ-39303-CR-0000037-2024, Incident No.: PA 2024-285378