DeKALB - A DeKalb man is facing charges after police say they found several small bags of marijuana, a loaded handgun and ecstasy pills in his car after a drug stop Wednesday.
Eric T. Hughes, 30, of the 1000 block of West Hillcrest Drive, DeKalb, was is charged with armed violence, unlawful possession of a controlled substance with an intent to deliver, unlawful possession of a controlled substance, armed habitual criminal, possession of ammunition and unlawful possession of firearm.
If convicted of the most serious crime, being an armed habitual criminal, Hughes could face up to 30 years in jail, and fines up to $250,000.
According to a news release from the DeKalb Police Department, detectives from the department's Targeted Response Unit were investigating complaints of drugs being sold on Hillcrest Drive on Wednesday.
Detectives saw Hughes, who'd recently advertised on social media that he had drugs for sale, sitting in a car behind 1024 W. Hillcrest Drive, the release states.
When DeKalb police made contact with Hughes, they smelled marijuana coming from the car.
Hughes exited his car and told police he had marijuana on his person, the release states, and then handed them a bag which contained several smaller bags of marijuana.
Police searched his car and found ecstasy pills and a loaded handgun under the driver's seat.
Hughes was arrested Wednesday and taken to the DeKalb County Jail.
On Thursday, Hughes appeared before DeKalb City Court Judge Robbin Stuckert for his bond hearing.
He's set to appear again for a status hearing on Oct. 9 at 9 a.m. at the DeKalb County courthouse.