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Virginia man charged with drug offenses

Published August 05. 2013 05:06PM

Nesquehoning police have charged a Virginia man with drug offenses.

William Andrew Granick, 39, of Sterling, Virginia, is charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to an affidavit of probable cause filed by Chief Sean T. Smith:

At 9:01 a.m. July 1, police were notified by the Carbon County Communications Center that police in Fairfax County, Virginia, that a construction truck had been stolen. The GPS reading from the truck indicated that it was parked at 30 Club Drive, Lake Hauto.

Smith went there, and saw the truck in the driveway. He knocked on the door and a woman answered. He asked her who the driver of the truck was, and was he at the house.

The woman said it was her son-in-law's truck, and that she would get him. A man came to the door, and went outside with Smith. The man claimed the truck was his, that it was his company truck, and that he had driven from Virginia to go fishing with his children.

Smith told the man the truck had been stolen. The man identified himself as Granick. Smith asked him if he was carrying any weapons, and he said he was not. Smith patted him down and discovered in his pocket a metal pipe with residue and burnt vegetable matter, along with a plastic bag containing more of the vegetable matter, which appeared to be marijuana.

Smith handcuffed Granick for Smith's protection, and told him was not under arrest, but would be detained until Smith spoke with the Virginia detective who reported the truck stolen.

Rush Township Officer Duane Frederick arrived as backup, and Granick became irate, cursing from the back of Smith's cruiser.

The Virginia detective called Smith, and said he had learned that Granick was an employee of the company from whom the truck was taken. Although Granick did not have permission to take the truck to Pennsylvania, the company owners said it had not been stolen, and did not want him charged.

Smith released Granick, and told him he would be receiving charges by mail. The vegetable matter in Granick's pocket did test positive for marijuana.

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