By Charlie Bauder, WNEG Radio, Toccoa
A Toccoa man faces a local charge and possibly federal charges after an investigation that culminated in two search warrants last week.
Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley says that 67-year-old Paul Coy Hulse of Toccoa was arrested last week on a charge of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Shirley says it started when officials at the Toccoa-Stephens County Airport contacted authorities about an individual that was hanging around the new airport terminal on a regular basis.
Shirley says at that point, deputies and investigators visited Hulse at his apartment on Nottingham Trail.
“During the course of their visit, they discovered that he had some large amounts of ammunition and some weapons scattered in the living room area, as well as some other items that looked very suspicious,” said Shirley.
Shirley says that authorities then took Hulse into custody and obtained a search warrant for his home.
The sheriff says authorities found even more items during the search.
“Some of the items we seized were a fully automatic German 43 machine gun, an AK-47, an AR-15, some Uzi’s,’ said Shirley, who added 24 assault rifles were found in all. “We also found some live grenades,” said Shirley.
However, Shirley says that was not all they found.
“After finding what we believed to be some chemical explosives and some detonating devices, and some other incendiary devices, we contacted the GBI Bomb Squad,” said Shirley.
Shirley says authorities also searched a storage unit in Eastanollee and found firearms, ammunition, explosive devices, and dangerous chemicals within that unit.
State and Federal agents removed everything safely from both locations and took all of the items into custody for further analysis.
Shirley says the investigation is ongoing, including looking into possible motives.
Shirley says federal warrants are forthcoming against Hulse, who remains in the Stephens county jail awaiting pickup by U.S. Marshals.