KPIG commentator arrested on drug, weapons charges


Travus T. Hipp, a 70-year-old Nevada commentator who airs on stations including KPIG-FM Freedom, CA was arrested last week on weapons and drug charges. Hipp (Chandler Laughlin) is known for his libertarian views and often criticizes government in his syndicated commentaries that mostly run in California. His arrest was the result of a yearlong investigation into allegations he sold marijuana out of his home in Silver City, NV. Deputies executed a search warrant at his home Thursday and recovered 4 ounces of marijuana, three ounces of peyote, a handgun and drug paraphernalia. Hipp said he has had a medical marijuana card from California for several years and denied selling drugs, according to an AP story. Hipp posted a bond and was released from the county jail. He faces five counts of drug possession, one count of selling a controlled substance and one count of being an ex-felon in possession of a firearm. "I’m a commentator, not a drug dealer," Hipp told the AP.