A pilot arrested after a liquid form of marijuana and a large amount of cash were allegedly found aboard a Cessna following a hard landing at Banning Municipal Airport was transferred to federal custody Friday and is due in court Monday.
Alex Furman, 24, of Corona was behind the controls of a Cessna 210 that tipped onto its nose and struck a fence at the airport on the afternoon of April 24, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. Furman escaped serious injury, the FAA reported.
Investigators found about $500,000 in cash and 32 jars of concentrated cannabis oil on the plane, according to court documents.
Furman is charged with intent to distribute hashish oil, according to U.S. Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Tracy Webb. He is scheduled to make his initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Riverside on Monday.
He was initially charged last week by the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office with possession of more than $100,000 obtained from a transaction involving a controlled substance, possession of marijuana for sale and transportation of marijuana for sale.
That case was dismissed when he was transferred into federal custody.
— City News Service