Former Charleston-area trooper faces marijuana charges

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - A former South Carolina Highway Patrol trooper faces marijuana charges in federal court in Charleston.

Former trooper Kurt Steffen, 29, was arraigned in U.S. District Court on Thursday. Steffen is being held until a detention hearing Monday.

Patrol spokesman Sid Gaulden says Steffen worked as a trooper in the Charleston area from 2007 until his resignation in 2009.

The indictment outlines activities that occurred last year. Authorities would not discuss whether Steffen was involved in the marijuana scheme while he was working as a trooper.

His attorney, Mary Gordon Baker, would not talk about the case.

Four other people are charged in the case. An indictment accuses the men of conspiring to move 1,000 or more marijuana plants and growing at least 100 plants.

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