An ex-felon is once again facing criminal charges after police said they found an illegal gun in his possession during a traffic stop.

Edwin Terrell Hamlin, 29, was pulled over in Killeen on Sunday after a police officer observed his vehicle commit several traffic violations, according to an arrest affidavit.

The officer searched the vehicle and recovered marijuana. A second officer assisting with the search found a gun underneath the driver’s seat, the affidavit stated.

Hamlin previously was convicted on a felony charge of possession of marijuana in Bell County in 2011 and was sentenced to six months in prison.

Texas law bars felons from owning or possessing firearms.

Hamlin was arraigned Tuesday by Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke. Cooke set Hamlin’s bail at $25,000.

Cooke also arraigned Lester Malcomb Patrick, 28, on an unrelated charge of criminal mischief in an amount of $1,500 or more, but less than $20,000. Patrick’s bail was set at $20,000.

Contact Chris McGuinness at or (254) 501-7568. Follow him on Twitter at ChrismKDH.

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