A Perry man was arrested Tuesday morning when he tried to enter the Dallas County Courthouse with a handgun and drugs.
Shawn Daniel Dillinger, 45, was arrested on charges of carrying weapons, second-offense possession of a controlled substance-marijuana, possession of a controlled substance-methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.
A spokesperson for the Dallas County Sheriff’s office said Dillinger attempted to enter the courthouse while carrying a backpack, in which deputies on the courthouse security detail found a loaded 9 mm pistol, drugs and drug paraphernalia.
Dillinger is being held in the Dallas County Jail awaiting an initial appearance, scheduled for July 3 at 9 a.m. before a Dallas County Magistrate.
Carrying weapons and possession of a controlled substance are aggravated misdemeanors, and each carries a maximum penalty of up to two years in prison and a fine of up to $6,250. Possession of drug paraphernalia is a simple misdemeanor and carries a maximum penalty of up to 30 days in jail and a fine of up to $625.
Dillinger was arrested by officers of the Perry Police Department on similar charges in January 2017 and later convicted of carrying a weapon and first-offense possession of a controlled substance-marijuana.
*A criminal charge is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.