Two facing felony drug charges after traffic stop on U.S. 280

Published 2:51 pm Thursday, August 6, 2015

By MOLLY DAVIDSON / Staff Writer

HOOVER—A Sylacauga man and a Chelsea man are in jail after a late-night traffic stop on U.S. 280 led to felony drug arrests on Aug. 4.



Michael Eugene Hilburn, 41, of Sylacauga, and Andrew Ray Mann, 24, of Chelsea, were both arrested by the Hoover Police Department and charged with felony second-degree manufacture of a controlled substance.



“On Monday, Aug. 3 at 10:35 p.m., a Hoover patrol officer conducted a traffic stop in the 4700 block of Highway 280,” Hoover Police Capt. Gregg Rector wrote in an email. “The driver of the vehicle, Hilburn, and the passenger, Mann, were found to be in possession of items that are commonly used to manufacture meth.”

According to arrest warrants, Hilburn and Mann were allegedly in possession of “cell phone batteries, lithium batteries, cold compress packs, butane canisters, drain cleaner with lye (and) pseudoephedrine.”

Hilburn was also allegedly in possession of a glass pipe “used to smoke meth” at the time of his arrest, Rector explained, resulting in a possession of drug paraphernalia charge.

Hilburn and Mann were booked into the Hoover City Jail, then transferred to the Shelby County Jail on Aug. 4. Hilburn is being held on bonds totaling $101,000 and Mann is being held on a $100,000 bond.

Second-degree manufacture of a controlled substance is a Class B felony. If found guilty, Mann and Hilburn could face up to 20 years in prison.