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Expired license plate leads to Leesburg felon’s arrest with gun 

Christopher Allen Dickson
Christopher Allen Dickson

An expired license plate led to a Leesburg felon’s arrest on a weapons charge.

A Sumter County deputy sheriff was on patrol Monday afternoon when he observed a a gold Cadillac driven by 32-year-old Christopher Allen Dickson traveling eastbound on East Warm Springs Avenue in Coleman. The vehicle had an expired license plate.

When the deputy stopped the Cadillac, he found Dickson in the driver’s seat and a minor in the front passenger seat. The 17-year-old told the deputy that his father owned the car and that Dickson was driving him home. The deputy noted that both the minor and Dickson appeared to be very nervous. While the deputy was talking to Dickson, a K-9 deputy with his dog arrived and performed a free air sniff of the car. The K-9 alerted to the odor of narcotics in the car. Deputies searched the Cadillac and found a black Glock 43 semi-automatic pistol with five rounds in the magazine. The gun was found under the driver’s seat.

A criminal records check revealed that Dickson had two felony convictions for drug possession in Lake County. He was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Dickson was transported to the Sumter County Jail where bond was set at $10,000.

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