Traffic stop nets two arrests, discovery of 33 pounds of pot
WORTHINGTON -- Two California men were arrested Sunday in Nobles County after more than 30 pounds of marijuana and methamphetamine were allegedly discovered in their vehicle.
WORTHINGTON - Two California men were arrested Sunday in Nobles County after more than 30 pounds of marijuana and methamphetamine were allegedly discovered in their vehicle.
Anthony Ginn, 28, of Antioch, Calif., and Michael Franks, 46, of Bay Point, Calif. were charged with felony second-degree sale of 10 kilograms or more of marijuana within a 90-day period; felony third-degree possession of 10 kilos or more of a marijuana mixture; and felony fifth-degree possession of drugs - not a small amount.
The charges stem from a Dec. 10 traffic stop, when a Nobles County Sheriff’s deputy allegedly witnessed Ginn speeding and weaving toward the fog line and back to the center on Interstate 90 in Nobles County.
According to the criminal complaint, upon contact, the deputy smelled a faint odor he believed to be marijuana. He then learned that Ginn’s driver’s license was revoked.
Ginn told the deputy he smokes marijuana, as prescribed, in his home. He then said he has smoked in his vehicle, but the last time was probably three weeks ago, the complaint continues.
The deputy informed Ginn a K-9 would perform an exterior sniff of the vehicle, which alerted to the presence of illegal narcotics.
During the vehicle search, the deputy discovered approximately 33 pounds of marijuana and two baggies with approximately 2.5 grams of methamphetamine. A straw, multiple vape THC cartridges, a screw-top canister with a leafy green substance, a small amount of marijuana wax, a pipe and other small amounts of marijuana were also allegedly discovered in the vehicle.
The passenger, Franks, declined to give a statement.
Bail for both Ginn and Franks was set at $5,000 with conditions.
If convicted of the most heinous felony-level offense, the duo face a maximum sentence of 25 years imprisonment and/or a $500,000 fine.
Their initial appearances are scheduled for Dec. 26 in Nobles County District Court.