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Charges dropped against two people in Pawhuska marijuana case

Posted at 10:15 AM, Mar 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-22 12:26:16-04

PAWHUSKA, Okla. — Charges have been dropped against two people arrested in January after a semi truck hauling 18,000 pounds of marijuana was stopped by police.

Four men were arrested after authorities say a semi was pulled over and inside was 18,000 pounds of marijuana. The men arrested claim the substance is industrial-grade hemp that does not contain illegal amounts of the intoxicant THC.

Federal tests show eight of 11 samples of a product being hauled through Pawhuska contained illegal amounts of the intoxicant THC.

RELATED: Osage County DA: 8 of 11 samples from Pawhuska semi tested as marijuana

Osage County DA Mike Fisher released a statement saying only three of the samples could be classified as hemp. The other eight tested as marijuana because they contained more than the .3 percent THC allowed by state and federal law, he said.

As we reported earlier, court documents filed Jan. 15 say Oklahoma authorities sent samples to a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration lab in Dallas, and those results came back saying the substance is marijuana.

Charges were dropped against Tadesse Deneke and Farah Warsame.

The Osage County District Attorney said on Wednesday dropping the charges against the two drivers was a possibility, but the final decision wouldn’t come until Friday morning’s scheduled hearing.

Fisher told 2 Works For You he is “100 percent moving forward” in regard to prosecuting the other two men charged in the case, David Melvin Dirksen, 31, and Andrew Ross, 29.

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