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Self-described traveling philanthropist arrested for possessing THC in SD

South Dakota Highway Patrol. (Republic file photo)

LYMAN COUNTY — A Minnesota philanthropist who travels the country "doing nice things for people" was arrested on drug charges after police allegedly found him in possession of THC during a traffic stop.

On Feb. 4, a South Dakota Highway Patrol trooper conducted a traffic stop for crossing over the fog line on Interstate 90, near mile marker 227 in Lyman County. While the officer was issuing a warning for the violation, the driver, 62-year-old Lee Andrew Pinsky, of Rogers, Minnesota, acted nervous.

He told officers he is retired and now works as a philanthropist who travels around doing nice deeds.

The officer deployed his police service dog who alerted him to the presence of illegal drugs. Officers found 1 gram of THC shatter in the vehicle. THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is the principal psychoactive component of cannabis.

Pinsky was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, a Class 5 felony, punishable upon conviction by up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.