Philpot pays fees for drug, guns charges

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By Susan Sharp

A man accused of possessing multiple handguns and drugs has plead guilty to those charges.

On Monday, Don Philpot agreed he was guilty of the unlawful possession of a handgun and three counts of possessing various controlled substances.

For these offenses, Philpot was ordered to pay a $2,500 fine for four of the counts he plead guilty to. He was further assessed court costs.

The plea form said Philpot was to pay the financial obligations in full on Monday.

The weapons seized during the January 2008 traffic stop are to be returned to Philpot once he presents proof of ownership, court records said. This is to be done by Dec. 1.

These charges were filed after Philpot caused a disturbance at a LaFollette bank.

LaFollette Police reports said Philpot had been in the bank acting disorderly. When he exited, an employee noticed he was armed, police said at the time.

After bank staff notified police of the incident, Philpot was located and stopped by authorities.

When police gained permission to search the bright red Hummer he was driving, multiple handguns and narcotics was discovered, LPD reports said.

Philpot had a .40 caliber Glock and two .38 caliber pistols, in his possession. Police also discovered a .22 caliber handgun in Philpot’s coat pocket.

Police noted all of the weapons were loaded.

Also found in the SUV, inside a bank bag, were numerous bottles of narcotics such as hydrocodones and xanaxs.