Marathon man arrested for marijuana

A Marathon man was arrested Saturday for possessing a large amount of marijuana after he called the Sheriff’s Office to complain about his neighbors.

Earlier in the day, Deputy Anthony O’Dea responded to Keys RV Park to a call of suspicious activity. Neighbors of 77 year old Michael Csernik said they believed Csernik was selling drugs because there were lots of vehicles coming and going at Csernik’s residence at lot 83W. Deputy O’Dea attempted to make contact with Csernik, but no one answered the door.

About an hour later, Csernik himself called the Sheriff’s Office and Deputy O’Dea responded. Csernik told the deputy he was upset because his neighbors were taking pictures of cars coming and going from his home. When the deputy asked Csernik why he had so many people stopping at his residence, Csernik said he has a lot of friends.

Deputy O’Dea asked Csernik for permission to search his residence. Csernik consented to the search, signing a “Consent to Search” form. His 51 year old son, who was sitting on the porch, also agreed to the search and also signed a form giving permission.

Inside the residence, the deputy found three zip lock bags of marijuana in the living room. Seven more bags of marijuana were found in the bedroom, along with a scale for weighing the drug. Total weight of the marijuana was 110 grams.

In Csernik’s front pocket, the deputy found $1,363.00 in cash. The cash was seized as proceeds from suspected drug sales.

Csernik said all the drugs and paraphernalia belonged to him and his son had no knowledge of any of it. Csernik was arrested. He was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to sell, possession of a felony amount of marijuana (over 20 grams) and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was booked into jail.

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