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Drug Charges Dropped For Former Fire Crew Boss

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WASHINGTON - A former U-S Forest Service fire crew boss has cleared one legal hurdle, but still faces federal charges stemming from the deaths of four young firefighters.

Charges of possessing marijuana and drug paraphernalia have been dismissed in Grant County against 46-year-old Ellreese Daniels.  He was cited by the Washington State Patrol on Interstate 90 while on his way home from a federal arraignment in Spokane on January 4th.

Daniels, of Lake Wenatchee, is charged in U-S District Court with involuntary manslaughter in the deaths of four firefighters in the 2001 Thirtymile Fire. He is also charged with seven counts of making false statements.

On Monday, Grant County Court Commissioner Douglas Earl dismissed the charges and quashed an arrest warrant for failure to appear on the drug charges.

No reason was given for why the charges were dismissed.