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Marijuana Charge for Gilligan Actor

June 4, 1998

PRINCETON, W.Va. (AP) _ Bob Denver, who played the title character on ``Gilligan’s Island,″ was arrested Thursday after a package of marijuana was delivered to his home.

Denver was charged with marijuana possession and released on $1,000 bond.

He appeared briefly in court for arraignment.

West Virginia authorities were notified earlier this week by Pueblo, Colo., police that a package containing marijuana was sent there by a delivery service and addressed to Denver at his Princeton home, said Lt. Bruce McNeill.

After an officer delivered the package Wednesday night, a drug task force executed a search warrant. Inside Denver’s home, police found about 10 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, McNeill said.

In all, police recovered about an ounce and a half of marijuana from the package and Denver’s home, he said.

``He was very apologetic over the incident and remorseful,″ McNeill said.

Denver, 63, could face up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine on the misdemeanor.

John Ercul, deputy chief of police in Pueblo, wouldn’t say Thursday how investigators there knew what was inside the package.

A man who answered the phone Thursday at Denver’s home said Denver had no comment.

Denver moved to West Virginia with his wife, Dreama, seven years ago and they settled in her hometown of Princeton.

Denver starred in ``Gilligan’s Island″ from 1964 through 1967. He played the beatnik best friend Maynard G. Krebs on ``The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis″ from 1959 to 1963.

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