DURHAM — A police unit on Tuesday seized more than 33 pounds of synthetic marijuana a record amount of the manufactured drug for the city, the Durham Police Department announced on Thursday.
The reported bust followed a traffic stop on Interstate 85 southbound near Hillandale Road. The synthetic marijuana also known as Spice and K2 weighed in at 15,117 grams, according to a news release from spokeswoman Kammie Michael.
Officers charged the vehicles driver Joe K. Hardy, 36, of Montgomery Alabama with two counts of the highest-level trafficking charges possible for synthetic cannabinoids and one count of maintaining a vehicle for the sale or delivery of controlled substances. He also is charged with violating federal probation.
Hardy was held on Thursday in the Durham County Jail in lieu of $1 million bail.
The Durham police describe synthetic marijuana as a designer drug created by spraying natural herbs with synthetic chemicals that, when consumed, produce psychoactive effects similar to cannabis.