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Man busted for trading stolen merchandise for narcotics

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RANKIN COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The Rankin County Sheriff's Office arrested William Justin Tillman, 37, on Wednesday at his Florence home. 

Tillman is being charged with possession of stolen property, possession of controlled substance with intent, possession of paraphernalia and could face federal weapons charges. 

He was sentenced by the Rankin County Circuit Court to serve 10 years with five suspended for a sale of cocaine charge in 2001. 

Investigators tell us that they were following up on a lead regarding narcotics at Tillman's home and that he consented to a search. 

After entering the home, deputies say they located drug paraphernalia and methamphetamine residue on a living room table.  In addition to the narcotics in plain view, plastic baggies, electronic scales and additional methamphetamine were located. 

They also found 19 long guns and hand guns. Of those 19, four of them were previously listed as stolen, according to officials. 

Investigators say the remainder of the weapons were seized in order to submit the serial numbers to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms for background checks. 

In addition to the weapons, numerous television, car and home electronics, along with jewelry, were recovered. 

Deputies also seized two vehicle unlock kits from the residence. 

Police say that it appears the majority of the stolen items were taken from outside of Rankin County.

Investigators are looking into the possibility that Tillman was operating some type of "pawn" business where he was trading stolen merchandise for narcotics.  

He is being held without bond until his initial appearance with Rankin County Judge Kent McDaniel.  

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