Raleigh police charge man had marijuana candy at his apartment

From staff reportsFebruary 3, 2014 

— Police charged a 20-year-old man Sunday with having drug-infused lollipops, Psilocybin mushrooms and marijuana in an apartment to which he recently moved.

The incident began with a traffic stop late Saturday of an Acura sedan driven by Kevin Maldonado of 2725 Conifer Drive in Raleigh, officers said in asking for a search warrant for his apartment.

The stop was for a registration problem, Officer M.P. Brown told a magistrate.

When Brown and Officer C.J. Clark walked up top Maldonado’s car, however, they caught “a strong odor of marijuana” and found about a pound of marijuana when they searched the car, Brown wrote, and a bag of powder that tested positive for cocaine.

Some of the marijuana was in a bag that also contained lollipops, Brown said.

When police went to Maldonado’s apartment, where a roommate said he had recently moved in, the search warrant that was returned to a court clerk said they found 1.8 pounds of lollipops that contained THC, a container with a gel laced with THC, mushrooms containing Psilocybin and about 5.6 more ounces of marijuana, the search warrant said.

THC is tetrahydrocannabinol, the active ingredient in marijuana.

Psilocybin is a hallucinogen.

Maldonado was freed Sunday on a $61,000 secured bond and was due in court Monday.

Police charged him with two counts of possession of marijuana with intent to sell it, two counts of maintaining a residence or vehicle to keep and sell drugs, cocaine possession, felony possession of the Psilocybin and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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