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Man busted with $226K pot in Oregon is former St. Paul Chamber Orchestra cellist


The Minnesota man arrested in Oregon after 113 pounds of marijuana was found in his vehicle is an accomplished cellist formerly with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra (SPCO).

The Star Tribune reports David R. Huckaby, 33, of St. Paul, has been charged with two misdemeanors after police pulled him over for speeding on Friday near Bly, and found cannabis worth an estimated $226,000 in the trunk of his car.

WCCO reports Huckaby was classically trained at the world-renowned Juilliard School in New York, receiving a Master's Degree before going on to perform with the SPCO for four seasons.

A former neighbor told the TV station his behavior seems "completely out of character," describing his arrest as "devastating."

According to the Pioneer Press, he told the SPCO in May 2013 he would take a leave of absence for the next season, before resigning in July 2014. He is said to have since left St. Paul and had been most recently a substitute cellist in California.

"He is a gifted musician and was actively involved in the SPCO’s community engagement and education initiatives," a statement given to the newspaper by the SPCO said on Thursday. "He left the organization in good standing at the end of the 2013-14 season."

Recreational marijuana use is legal in Oregon, but the amount found in Huckaby's car means he has been charged with distribution offenses, the Star Tribune notes.

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