CHIPLEY- A convicted violent felony offender is back behind bars following a traffic stop early Thursday morning in Washington County.


Just after 1:00 a.m., WCSO deputies stopped a green Cadillac near the intersection of Coggin Avenue and State


Road 77. The driver, 25-year-old Qualin Justin Williams of Bascom, was asked to step out of the vehicle after refusing to stop reaching under the seat of his vehicle.


As deputies conducted a pat-down for their safety, Williams repeatedly attempted to conceal the front area of his


pants. As deputies gained access they discovered a loaded 9mm handgun in Williams’ front waistband.


Once deputies confirmed the weapon was reported as stolen, Williams was arrested and booked into the


Washington County Jail on charges of carrying a concealed weapon, possession of a weapon or ammunition by a


convicted felon, dealing in stolen property, and altering identification of a weapon by attempting to remove the serial number.