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Search warrant leads to meth charges for Hillis

A Warren County man faces charges after allegedly being caught with “a large crystal rock” believed to be meth.

McMinnville Police Department executed a search warrant last Friday, March 25 at a residence on Bonner Street. According to police detective Sgt. Eddie Colwell, several items were discovered in the home belonging to Nolan Scott Hillis Sr.

“A search of his bedroom by myself and Lt. Tony Jenkins and officer Jay Hutchings located three syringe needles, scales, large quantity of baggies, and clear plastic baggy that contained a large crystal rock along with a crystal powder,” said Colwell. 

The rock was determined to be 20 grams.

At the time of this arrest, Hillis was out on bond on drug-related charges.

“In 2021, we did two controlled drug buys from Nolan Hillis on Bonner Street,” said Colwell. “Those cases are still pending.”

The revolving doors of Warren County Jail continue to spin. Hillis also had convictions in 2011 and 2019 related to burglaries.

“The tendency of some convicted criminals to re-offend is a problem,” said Colwell. “We take them off the streets. They get out and go right back to what they were doing. We pick them up again. It can be frustrating, from a law enforcement perspective. I’ve received information from individuals that Hillis is associated with that he’s not taking this seriously at all, saying he’ll just get rehab. That’s the attitude of some repeat offenders.” 

For this latest arrest, Hillis has been charged with possession of meth with the intent to manufacture, deliver and sell, and possession of drug paraphernalia.