Following the Friday arrest of 29-year-old Eric Willis on a weapons possession charge, local, state, and federal investigators have uncovered a large cache of weapons, cash and drugs at two locations near Silver City.
Willis was arrested Friday afternoon after being stopped by agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the Texas Rangers, and Capt. Elmer Tanner of the Navarro County Sheriff’s Department. Willis was charged with possession of a firearm by a felon. He was on federal parole after a 2006 drug conviction.
Lawmen continued their investigation Friday night and Saturday at two separate locations near Silver City, said Tanner. Both locations yielded weapons and drugs, and a large sum of cash.
A federal search warrant served Friday following Willis’ arrest on his home near Silver City yielded 13 weapons, a variety of body armor, approximately four pounds of hydroponic marijuana, and about $100,000 in cash, Tanner said. A 20-year-old female, Sarah Robinson, who was with Willis at the time of the Friday arrest but not held was taken into custody on marijuana charges at the location, Tanner said.
A subsequent state warrant was served Saturday on another property connected to Willis near Silver City, where lawmen found more guns, body armor. marijuana, and “components used to manufacture firearms,” Tanner said.
Willis, who was jailed in Navarro County following his arrest on Friday, is now in federal custody in the Dallas area, Tanner said Tuesday, as the joint law enforcement operation continues its investigation.
“The Sheriff applauds the effort utilizing this multi-agency operation in safely effecting the arrest without injury to suspects, officers or civilians,” Tanner said.