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DPD makes largest synthetic weed bust in department history

Posted February 27, 2014

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— 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.

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  • Rachel Durham Feb 28, 2014
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    Great, now what are the drug tested workers gonna do that dont drink? Legalize marijuana north carolina!!!!

  • dwr1964 Feb 28, 2014

    Pot will be legal in all 50 states pretty soon. Since the feds announced that the money being used is now legal for banks to handle the money used in the buying and selling of pot, the states are soon to follow, especially when they start to see the tax profits from other states. All the states need to see, is that bottom line.

  • cringercat1862 Feb 28, 2014

    scubagirl, i am a 10th generation north carolinian. my ancestors fought the british.

  • Forthe Newssite Feb 28, 2014
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    NEVER! THIS stash is NOT recreational nor medical marijuana......

  • stacey3 Feb 28, 2014

    So instead of the state earning apprx $35,000 in taxable income from this stash, we will spend approximately one million dollars locking this guy up for the next decade.

  • Forthe Newssite Feb 28, 2014
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    Washington state as well as Oregon for recreational and many more for medical with even more to come.......

  • Forthe Newssite Feb 28, 2014
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    GET over yourself! Pot WILL BE legal here, maybe not in my lifetime but it will be. Tell you what cringecat, since I've been in this state probably longer than you've been here why don't you move? oh and good riddance

  • cringercat1862 Feb 28, 2014

    for those of you who want pot legal, i tell you it is, in colorodo. you can move there whenever you like good riddance.

  • Hip-Shot Feb 28, 2014

    I agree with the comments posted. The only reason this stuff even exists is because the good stuff is illegal.

    The people that make the fake pot are continually changing the chemical makeup to skirt the law/drug tests. The bottom line is that we need to follow the example of Colorado and find a way to tax the good stuff and legalize it. Then there would be no market for the synthetic.

  • sjb2k1 Feb 28, 2014

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    I think you're confusing this with bath salts. During the time this was legal in NC, all the people I know who used it were pretty calm individuals. I'm not saying this stuff is safe, and I think the real thing is far better, but I don't recall any "savagery and destruction."

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