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LCSO: Man on probation caught with drugs, loaded gun in car

Posted at 1:59 PM, Mar 27, 2020

LEON COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) — A man is back behind bars after deputies found drugs and a loaded automatic gun inside his vehicle.

Deputies with the Leon County Sheriff's Office's S.P.I.D.E.R. Unit conducted a traffic stop on gray Ford near the intersection of Mayfair Road and Cherry Grove Lane in northwest Leon County on Thursday.

LCSO says the driver, 32-year-old Stephen Hililis, was observed not wearing a seatbelt and improperly stopped at a stop sign.

When deputies spoke to Hililis they learned that he was currently on probation for firearms charges.

A Florida Highway Patrol K9 unit responded to the scene and performed a drug sniff of the vehicle to which the K9 positively alerted.

During a search of the car, deputies found a small black backpack on the driver’s side backseat containing several orange pill bottles and several small plastic baggies.

Inside one of the pill bottles was a small baggie containing Alpha PVP (Molly).

In addition to the drugs, deputies found a silver .25 caliber handgun, (13) .25 caliber auto rounds, and two photographs inside another compartment in the backpack.

Hililis told deputies that he did not know anything about what was inside the backpack. Later during the investigation, Hililis admitted that the gun could have his fingerprints on it.

Based on the evidence, Hililis was arrested and transported to the Leon County Detention Facility on drug and firearm charges