DPD makes largest synthetic weed bust in department history
Posted February 27, 2014
Durham, N.C. — Durham police seized more than 33 pounds of synthetic marijuana during a traffic stop Tuesday - the largest such seizure made by the department, the agency announced Thursday.
The marijuana was discovered after an officer from the department’s Highway Interdiction Team stopped a vehicle on Interstate 85 south near Hillandale Road. Officers confiscated 15,117 grams (more than 33 pounds) of synthetic marijuana from the vehicle.
Joe K. Hardy, 36, of Montgomery, Ala., was arrested and charged with two counts of level 4 trafficking in synthetic cannabinoids and one count of maintaining vehicle for the sale or delivery of controlled substances. Hardy remained at the Durham County jail under a $1 million bond and also has a federal probation violation.
Synthetic marijuana, also known as Spice and K2, is described as a psychoactive designer drug created by spraying natural herbs with synthetic chemicals that, when consumed, produce psychoactive effects similar to cannabis, police said.