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Deputies seize marijuana, cash in raid on Durham home

Posted January 17, 2014

Durham County sheriff's deputies seized 31 pounds of of marijuana and 158 marijuana plants during a raid on a home Jan. 16, 2014.

— Durham County sheriff’s deputies seized 31 pounds of marijuana, 158 marijuana plants and more than $40,000 in cash during a raid Thursday on a home in north Durham.

An investigation over several weeks led deputies to the home at 909 Goodwin Road, where they found the drugs, cash, a pistol and items used to prepare marijuana for sale. Deputies estimated the street value of the narcotics at about $835,000.

Deputies said Robert Lewis Carden Jr., 31, ran from the home when deputies entered about 6:30 p.m., but he was quickly captured. He was booked in the Durham County jail on charges of manufacturing marijuana, maintaining a dwelling for the purpose of manufacturing marijuana, trafficking, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession with intent to sell, deliver or manufacture marijuana.

Carden was released Friday on a $100,000 bond.

The North Carolina Department of Revenue assessed a tax value of $66,920 on the narcotics under the unauthorized substances tax law. Carden will be required to pay that amount or face civil penalities.


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  • littleriverman Jan 21, 2014

    what a waste of some good looking weed. So it's not legal in NC but they can tax it when they bust someone? This state is going backwards. Why not legalize it and get more tax money and spare a harmless man criminal charges.

  • Mr. Hans Jan 17, 2014

    Thank God this did not fall into the hands of our children.

  • elyhim2 Jan 17, 2014

    What's the real crime here? He was taxed as well as charged.

  • gingerlynn Jan 17, 2014

    The durham herald sun had an article a few days ago about how racially disproportionate the marijuana busts were in the county. I guess this evens it up a bit.

  • Enough is Enough People Jan 17, 2014

    Either these deputies are just flat out lying or they are completely stupid. There is no way in the world 31 pounds and 158 plants equal 835K!!!!!

    There are 16 ounces in a pound and at 31 pounds thats 496 ounces. At the hight end of the street value thats 400 hundred an ounce which equals 198,400.

    Personally, I do not like cannabis, but I believe it should be legal for those 21 or older. For me its an issue about freedom. I dont think the government should be able to tell a grown man or woman what he or she can do in the comfort of their own home. Now if they go get in a car and hurt someone then thats a different story.

    But as long as they are responsible I think they should be allowed to plant a seed a grow a plant without any government interference.

    Stop the lies and propoganda. This bust is a total waste of time and money

  • OleNCNative Jan 17, 2014

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    You can buy fireworks in SC, can't ya?

    But I agree... it should be legal all over.

  • teleman60 Jan 17, 2014

    In Colorado he would have been a proud business owner.

    How can pot be legal in one state and NOT in another?

  • GravyPig Jan 17, 2014

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    She didn't state it was fact, just her observation. Guess not everyone who lives out in that area knows apparently. Geez guy, maybe you need to take some of that guys bud and put it to good use. Chill.

  • Bnice2 Jan 17, 2014

    I totally agree! This is rediculous to put a man in jail who is not violent, has hurt NO ONE. Just because the government says it is illegal. It is a GOD GIVEN plant and it's nobodies business what is done with it. Laws are broken Every DAY by all of us. Get the violent people that assault/kill/steal, generally that take away our rights. Actually, the government is taking away our right to be free. As long as we aren't taking away someone elses right, it should be ok. Go catch the REAL criminals, and leave the farmers Alone.

  • Bnice2 Jan 17, 2014

    rollin: I totally agree!! Rediculous. It should be legal to grow it just like flowers or veggies. What people do with it is their business. People that get caught growing a GOD MADE Plant are not criminals. Just because they broke the "law" ? Everyone of us breaks at least 1 law each day. Does that make us a criminal? People that need to be in jail are people who are violent or commit a violent offense. Or take away someone else's right. The government is taking away OUR RIGHT for no reason other than ??? what? Enough is enough. The police think it makes them look good to shut down weed farm. Makes them look stupid when murder, gangs, theft, assaults ... are what most of us want stopped.