Port Charlotte — A Port Charlotte man was arrested Tuesday after he called the Sheriff’s Office to report a stolen firearm and deputies learned he was a convicted felon prohibited from possessing firearms. Just before 10 a.m., deputies responded to an address in the 2100 block of Elkcam Boulevard in response to a call from Jimmy Dewayne Whipple, 47, in which he reported that a firearm had been stolen. While deputies were investigating the reported theft, they learned that Whipple was a convicted felon who was prohibited from possessing firearms. They also saw several items, including a smoking pipe, a grinder, a green container and four small smoked ‘joints’ on a coffee table in the house. The grinder contained a green leafy substance that tested positive for marijuana. They also found a pill bottle that contained a drug for which Whipple did not have a prescription.
Whipple was arrested on charges of possession of firearms by a convicted felon, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, and possession of drugs without a prescription. He is being held on a total $16,000 bond.
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