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A California deputy on vacation in Pennsylvania has been arrested, accused of attempting to make a marijuana deliverywith his friends, authorities said.

Deputy Christopher Mark Heath, 37, of the Yuba County Sheriff’s Office was in a vehicle pulled over Dec. 29 in West Manheim Township, Pa., about 40 miles northwest of Baltimore. With him were Tyler Neil Long, 31, and Ryan Jay Falsone, 27, all of Bangor, Calif.; nearly 250 pounds of pot in 122 sealed bags; and $11,000 cash, York County District Attorney Tom Kearney said in a Monday press conference.

The street value of the marijuana is more than $2 million.

​”One has to be both saddened and angry when you hear of something like this,” Kearney said. “The work that is done by the (drug) task force and police officers in general is very dangerous work, and it is made more dangerous by the fact that occasionally there is a bad apple in the barrel.”

The men were charged with two felony counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and a single count of criminal conspiracy, according to York County District Court records. On the same day, they posted $1 million bail each through a bail bondsman, likely paying $50,000 to $100,000 from their own pockets.

They are scheduled to appear Feb. 11 in York County District Court for a preliminary hearing.)

Both Long and Heath admitted to driving the marijuana about 2,700 miles cross country to try to make their delivery in Hanover, Pa., according to charging documents. Neither medical or recreational marijuana is legal in Pennsylvania.

“This is obviously a big operation,” Kearney said.

Heath, who was part of a drug and gang task force that spans Yuba and Sutter counties in California, was placed on administrative leave after his arrest. Last year, his pay and benefits exceeded $122,000, the(Marysville, Calif.) Appeal-Democrat reported.

Also after Heath’s arrest, deputies in Butte County received warrants to search his home in Bangor, Calif., a town of fewer than 650 people about 25 miles northwest of Marysville, according to the Appeal-Democrat. Investigations in which he has participated are now under scrutiny.

Personal use for medicinal purposes I am sure

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