KINGSTON — Michael Hughes, who served a state sentence for marijuana trafficking, again is facing charges he was in possession of a large amount of the drug.
Hughes, 27, whose addresses were listed as Knox Street, Hanover Township, and Warner Street, Plains Township, was arrested after police allegedly found a large amount of marijuana and a loaded handgun with an altered serial number inside his vehicle during a traffic stop Tuesday night on Pierce Street.
An arrest warrant was issued for Hughes on Monday after a state police Vice and Narcotics Unit allegedly discovered a marijuana packaging operation inside a Knox Street residence that authorities say he shared with Marisa Ginanni, 26, in August.
Hughes was arraigned Wednesday on charges of possession and possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and firearm offenses. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $70,000 bail.
Ginanni was arraigned Wednesday afternoon on two counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, and one count each of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was released on $5,000 unsecured bail.
Hughes was paroled from state prison in June 2008 after serving a two-year sentence for heading a marijuana trafficking ring with his mother, Kathryn Hughes, 56, and fire-bombing a house on Poplar Street, Kingston, in December 2006, according to court records.
Hughes also served time for shooting at an apartment building in Sherman Hills, Wilkes-Barre, and a house on Church Street, Edwardsville, in retaliation for a home invasion at his then-residence on Second Avenue, Kingston, all on July 17, 2004, according to court records.
Kathryn Hughes was sentenced to nine to 23 months in jail for driving her son when he shot up the two residential buildings, and 48 months probation for her role in the marijuana trafficking ring, court records state.
According to the latest criminal complaints:
State police troopers served a search warrant at Hughes’ residence on Knox Street, allegedly finding marijuana, hashish, prescription tablets, drug packaging materials, marijuana blunts and a scale.
An arrest warrant was issued by District Judge Joseph Halesey in Hanover Township on Monday.
Kingston police spotted Hughes driving a Ford Explorer on Winola Avenue at about 8:15 p.m. Tuesday. He stopped on Pierce Street and was arrested.
A search of the Ford allegedly revealed a magazine holding five rounds and a backpack containing three plastic tubes of marijuana, a large bag of marijuana and a loaded 380-caliber handgun with an altered serial number, the complaint states.
Hughes allegedly told police he obtained the gun in place of a drug debt and purchased $1,200 worth of marijuana to sell for profit.
Preliminary hearings on the separate set of charges are scheduled on May 1.