Durham deputies say man had 31 pounds of marijuana, growing operation

From staff reportsJanuary 17, 2014 

Robert Lewis Carden Jr.

DURHAM COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

— Sheriff's deputies say they seized 31 pounds of marijuana, 158 marijuana plants, more than $40,000 in cash and a gun Thursday afternoon and charged a 31-year-old man with marijuana trafficking and other crimes.

Robert Lewis Carden Jr. of 909 Goodwin Road surrendered to deputies after fleeing into the woods around his home when they raided it.

Deputies said they also seized marijuana-growing equipment that included water tanks and carbon dioxide tanks.

Carden was charged with trafficking in marijuana, manufacturing it, maintaining the house as a place to keep and sell drugs, possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Deputies estimate the street value of the marijuana to be $834,661. An agent with the N.C. Department of Revenue accompanied deputies on the raid and assessed a tax value of $66,920 on the drugs under the state’s unauthorized substances tax law. Carden will be required to pay that amount or face additional civil penalties, according to the sheriff’s department.

Carden’s bail was set at $100,000, and he was released Friday morning. He already had a court date Friday because of a speeding ticket, court records show.

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