PONTIAC (WWJ) – A 34-year-old Pontiac man faces drug charges after police said they caught him with a large stash of marijuana and cocaine.

Oakland County Sheriff’s officials said they arrested Mark Hollis after responding to an attempted break-in at a home on Crawford Street near Orchard Lake Road.

When deputies blocked in Hollis’ van outside the home, they spotted a large amount of cash and some rolling papers in plain view on the vehicle’s center console. Deputies noticed a strong smell of marijuana emitting from the van. Inside, they found 12 grams.

A K-9 search of the can later revealed 421 grams of cocaine with a street value of over $200,000.  Over $10,400 in cash was also seized.

“It was a combination of heads-up police work and having the right tools. In this case, a K-9, was used to successfully investigate and prosecute a number of crimes,” said Sheriff Michael Bouchard in a statement.

Hollis was arraigned on Thursday and is being held $25,000 personal bond. His next court date is set for next week.


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