Bail upheld for man charged with numerous drug and firearms offenses

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A judge on Monday dismissed a defense request to free a 61-year-old Mountain View man charged with 22 drug and firearms-related offenses under judicial supervision without cash bond.

Hilo District Judge Jeffrey Hawk kept Loran Jeffrey Gross’ bond at $ 660,000 and ordered Gross to return Wednesday for a preliminary hearing.

Gross is charged with four counts of possession of first degree marijuana, as well as attempted first degree promotion of marijuana, possession of methamphetamine, possession of a firearm while committing an offense drug-related, 12 counts of being a criminal in possession of a firearm, and two counts of being a criminal in possession of ammunition.

A Friday morning raid on the Fern Acres subdivision house in Gross returned 27.2 pounds of marijuana, 222 marijuana plants between 5 feet and 6 feet in height, 14 guns and more than 20,000 rounds, according to court documents dropped off by the police. Eleven of the guns, according to the documents, were rifles of various calibers, as well as two shotguns and a Sig Sauer P250 semi-automatic pistol.

A cylindrical glass pipe with a bulging end was also found containing residue that tested positive for methamphetamine, according to the documents.

Gross was born in Santa Monica, Calif., And had a canceled Alaskan driver’s license, according to the documents.

The complaint says he already has 10 felony convictions dating back to 1981 for first degree burglary, first degree theft, escape and being a felon in possession of a gun.

Gross is described as a persistent and multiple offender, according to the complaint, which says extended jail terms could be sought by prosecutors “for the protection of the public.”

Marijuana-related offenses and possession of a firearm in the commission of a drug-related crime are all Class A felonies punishable by 20 years in prison if convicted. Being a felon in possession of a firearm is a Class B felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison if convicted. And the charge of possession of methamphetamine is a Class C felony punishable by up to five years in jail if convicted.

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