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A Brisbane man accused of stashing 145 pounds of explosives and a gallon-sized bag of marijuana in his apartment pleaded not guilty to all charges Thursday, according to prosecutors. William Myles Harrell, 46, was arrested Monday after Brisbane police were called on reports of a domestic disturbance at the apartment at 132 Cliff Swallow Court that he shared with his girlfriend.
During the investigation, Harrell’s girlfriend showed police a closet where he allegedly kept 145 pounds of dynamite, $37,000 in cash and a gallon-sized bag of marijuana, according to prosecutors. Prosecutors said the woman’s children, ages 11 and 20, also lived in the home at the time, and that the amount of explosives were enough to destroy the neighborhood.
The San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office bomb squad and San Mateo County Narcotics Task Force responded to the residence and seized both the explosives and marijuana. Subsequent searches in San Francisco and unincorporated San Mateo County led to additional seizures of marijuana. Harrell faces felony charges of possession of explosives and possession of marijuana for sale.
He remains in custody with bail set at $500,000, but the court has granted a prosecution motion requiring Harrell to show a legitimate source for any money he tenders for bail. Harrell will return to court on Oct. 18 for the preliminary hearing.
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