Federal firearms charges pending following Hickman Traffic stop

January 04, 2019

According to the Fulton County Kentucky Sheriff’s Office, deputies conducted a traffic stop on South Seventh St. in Hickman on Jan. 3, for a vehicle infraction.

Upon investigation, deputies found firearms inside the vehicle and were suspected to be fully automatic, which is illegal without a Class 3 permit.

Also found was a total of 2.6 grams of suspected methamphetamine in the vehicle.

Further investigation lead to a search warrant on a residence on Liberty Street in Hickman, where eight more fully automatic firearms were located, along with several other firearms and ammunition.

The driver of the vehicle, who was also the homeowner of the Liberty Street residence Randell Yates of Hickman, was arrested for improper equipment; trafficking in controlled substance 1st degree (methamphetamine); and carrying a concealed weapon.

The Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms assisted on the scene, where they have charges pending regarding the firearms, as those charges are considered a federal offense, according to Fulton County Sheriff's Deputy Ryan Amberg.

Yates was arrested and transported to the Fulton County Detention Center.

Hickman Police Department also assisted on the scene.