CHAMPLAIN — A Tenn. man was arrested Thursday at the border on gun possession and drug charges.
Anthony M. Lipham, 55, of Butler, Tenn. was charged with second-degree criminal possession of a weapon (loaded firearm), a felony, and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.
A Chazy-based State Trooper handled the case.
Lipham was attempting to pass into Canada at the Champlain port of entry when he was stopped and questioned by U.S. Customs and Border Protection authorities.
Lipham told them Tenn. residents don’t need permits to carry handguns and that he was trying to get to Maine and got lost, Plattsburgh-based State Police said.
But the loaded Rugar 0.44 magnum pistol he had with him put him in violation of New York State law, police said.
During a secondary search, authorities found a small cloth bag in Lipham’s jacket that contained a glass pipe with an unknown residue inside, police said.
It tested positive for meth, police said.
The Clinton County Sheriff’s Department said Friday they did not have Lipham in custody.
— By Staff Writer Felicia Krieg