Illegally Taken Deer Leads To Drug Charges
Pennsylvania Game Commission officers have charged a McConnellsburg Borough man with a prior felony record with two counts of unlawful killing or taking of big game as well as one count each of unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a small amount of marijuana, possession of an instrument of crime and persons not to possess, use, manufacture, control, sell or transfer firearms.
Jeffrey Lee Sipes was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Wendy Mellott last Tuesday on the charges that range from a second-degree felony to a summary offense. The charges against Sipes stem from a vehicle stop made November 23, 2010, along Cito Road in Ayr Township.
According to reports, officers were given information Sipes was allegedly killing white-tailed deer and transporting the carcasses to his home. In searching Sipes’ vehicle during the stop, officers report finding a rifle in the trunk and suspected blood and deer hair. Sipes also allegedly had in his possession several baggies of marijuana and a smoking device made from a deer antler. A subsequent search of Sipes’ residence revealed fresh deer meat and deer hair and blood in a shed, officers said in charging documents.