Graffiti suspect also charged with felony drug possession
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September 12, 2017
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CRANBERRY TWP — Cans of spray paint were not all that police say they found Monday on a township man accused of spraying graffiti on a shed.

Charles D. Franchini also had enough marijuana and money — more than $300 — to be charged with felony possession.

Cranberry Township police arrested the 26-year-old Franchini, who was later placed in the Butler County Prison.

Two patrol officers found the defendant with three other men about 12:35 p.m. in the Glen Eden neighborhood park, according to court documents. Police had gone there to investigate a call for several suspicious men in the area.

The foursome was behind a storage shed. Police said as the officers walked to the shed they smelled the odor of marijuana and spotted a large cloud of smoke.

The officers also noticed “fresh graffiti painted” on the side of the shed, where the men were first seen, a police affidavit said. The graffiti matched the color of the paint on Franchini’s hands.

Inside an open backpack, police said, were two opened spray-paint cans as well as three small, individually-packaged plastic baggies containing suspected marijuana.

The defendant acknowledged the backpack was his. He also admitted using the spray paint.

“I was just covering up some other graffiti,” he told the officers,” according to the affidavit.

In addition to the baggies, a search of Franchini and his belongings turned up a Mason jar with more suspected marijuana, a marijuana grinder and pipe, and a combined $362 in currency.

District Judge Sue Haggerty later that night arraigned Franchini on a felony charge of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, and misdemeanor charges of possession of a controlled substance, possession of an instrument of crime and criminal mischief.

He was remanded to county prison with a $3,000 bail after his arraignment.

Police Sgt. Chuck Mascellino said summary or misdemeanor drug charges are pending against the men found with Franchini.