Stolen gun, hundreds of rounds of ammo, pills, and meth all turn up in Zullinger traffic stop

29 January 2024- Pennsylvania State Police say that a traffic stop near Zullinger in Franklin County yielded a number of illegally owned pills, stolen guns, and more. Michael Bret Golden is charged with three felony counts of possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, felony receiving stolen property, three felony counts of firearms carried without a license, two felony counts of possession with intent to deliver, misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and a speeding violation. Golden is behind bars on $250,000 bail.

Golden’s passenger, Abigail Anne Collins is charged with felony possession of a contraband controlled substance, misdemeanor possession of contraband, misdemeanor tampering with evidence, misdemeanor false identification to law enforcement, a failing to wear a seatbelt. Collins is behind bars on $50,000 bail.

PSP say that they were on regular patrol of PA-16 near Skyhawk Drive outside Waynesboro when they encountered a vehicle that was driving slightly over the speed limit. That vehicle, it turned out after a NCIC check, was registered to Michael Golden, who had bench warrants out of Franklin County and a an arrest warrant out of Washington County, Maryland.

A traffic stop was quickly conducted, with police alleging that they saw shifting and moving prior to their approach of the vehicle on foot. Seeing this as an effort to conceal items, Troopers quickly took Golden into custody on his outstanding warrants. A preliminary search allegedly yielded a orange tinted baggie of suspected Adderall pills, for which Golden didn’t have a prescription. Additionally, Golden allegedly told police that he was in possession of “Tina”, a slang for methamphetamine.

In total, police found 41 complete Adderall pills, multiple pill fragments, and approximately 2.1 grams of suspected crystal methamphetamine. Those drugs were found initially, with a search warrant applied for and granted to search the entire car.

Inside of the vehicle, police say they found a Tarus .45ACP handgun, two .45ACP magazines, 81 rounds of .45ACP ammo, a stolen Tarus 9mm pistol, one 9mm magazine, 135 rounds of 9mm ammo, a Hi-Point .380 pistol, a single .380 magazine, 52 rounds of .380 ammo, 4.1oz of suspected methamphetamine, 3 digital scales, two drug pipes, one ledger, 7 cell phones, 4 SD cards, a micro SD adapter, a spare SIM card, a flash drive, a Yeti false can containing the SD cards, two soft pistol cases, and a false dictionary safe containing the meth.

Golden, PSP say, has a PFA in Maryland. That would bar him from owning or possessing firearms.

As for Golden’s passenger, Troopers say she originally gave them the name of Allison McCauley but without identification. This, police quickly found out, was not true. After talking to Golden, police allegedly learned the passenger’s name as Abigail Collins. That name reportedly matched an ID that Troopers were able to look up in NCIC databases. When asked again, “McCauley” reportedly stuck to the same name. She was then taken into custody.

Collins was transported to Franklin County jail on charges of false ID to an officer. When she was removed from the police cruiser, police say a fragment of a white pill fell from her hands onto the seat. While booking Collins, jail officials say they found a rolled up piece of paper that had fallen from her back when her shirt was examined. That paper reportedly had two partially crushed pills, making them prison contraband.

Both Golden and Collins are behind bars on $250,000 bail and $50,000 respectively.

Sources: Docket Number: MJ-39304-CR-0000029-2024, Incident No.: PA 2024-114310, Docket Number: MJ-39304-CR-0000030-2024, Incident No.: PA 2024-114153