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Warrant issued for felon allegedly caught with marijuana haul in Menifee

 

Last updated 7/12/2019 at 12:52pm



RIVERSIDE - A convicted felon accused of transporting over 20 pounds of marijuana in Menifee while armed failed to make a scheduled court appearance on Wednesday, July 10 in Riverside, prompting a judge to issue a warrant for his arrest.

Nathaniel Edward Harms, 46, of Twentynine Palms was arrested last month following a Riverside County sheriff's investigation in the 27000 block of Encanto Drive.

Harms, who has been free on a $10,000 bond, is charged with transportation of marijuana for sale and being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

He was slated to appear for a status hearing at the Riverside Hall of Justice, but when his name was called in the courtroom of Superior Court Judge Eric Keen, the defendant was nowhere to be found, according to court officials.

Keen revoked Harms' bail and signed a bench warrant for his arrest.

According to Riverside County Sheriff's Sgt. Aaron Avila, on the afternoon of June 26, patrol deputies spotted the defendant sitting in a car parked outside a business on Encanto, near McCall Boulevard.

Concerned about illicit activity, the deputies questioned Harms and discovered that he was on probation, at which point a search was conducted, and 22 pounds of processed marijuana, as well as a loaded handgun and an undisclosed amount of cash, were allegedly uncovered and seized from the vehicle.

According to court records, Harms has prior convictions for possession of controlled substances while armed and driving under the influence.

 

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