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Court records: Cary man found with 21 pounds of marijuana faces gun, drug charges

Mark J. Priester, 39, Cary is charged with possession of a controlled substance, manufacturing and delivering marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a firearm without a firearm owner's identification card and possession of ammunition without a FOID card.
Mark J. Priester, 39, Cary is charged with possession of a controlled substance, manufacturing and delivering marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a firearm without a firearm owner's identification card and possession of ammunition without a FOID card.

CARY – A Cary man police said had about 21 pounds of marijuana, two shotguns, a pistol and illegal mushrooms on him is due in court Thursday.

Police arrested Mark J. Priester, 39, of the zero to 100 block of West Franke Avenue, on Friday, accusing him of being in possession of a number of firearms despite having his firearm owner’s identification card previously revoked, court records show.

Priester is charged with possession of a controlled substance, manufacturing and delivering marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a firearm without a FOID card and possession of ammunition without a FOID card.

If convicted of manufacturing and delivering marijuana, Priester could face a six- to 30-year prison sentence.

A warrant for Priester’s arrest was issued in May, and it went unsuccessfully served June 9, court records show.

He is accused of having more than 1 ounce of psychedelic mushrooms, less than 1 ounce of cocaine, more than
21 pounds of marijuana and an assortment of drug paraphernalia in his possession March 31, according to court documents.

Priester also is charged with having ammunition, a 9 mm Smith & Wesson pistol, and a 16 and 20 gauge shotgun without a valid FOID card.

Details about the charges or Priester’s arrest were not available Monday.

His bond is set at $200,000.

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