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Drug Arrest at Pinnacles National Monument

On March 4th, ranger Robert Baker saw a black Saab pass through the park entrance station without stopping to pay the required entrance fee. During the contact with the operator, Charles Andree, 51, Baker smelled the strong odor of marijuana. When asked for drugs, Andree produced several partially smoked marijuana cigarettes. An open travel bag with a large amount of marijuana (218 grams) was seen on the floor near the passenger, Robert Franko, 43.

A search of the vehicle led to the discovery of another 400 grams of marijuana, 14 grams of hashish, $1,650 in cash, and drug paraphernalia. Andree and Franko were each arrested on a misdemeanor and three felony counts. The minimum amount of marijuana that the local U.S. Attorney's Office will prosecute is 100 kilos, so the case has been transferred to San Benito county for prosecution in the state system. The two men were held on $41,000 bond.

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