Durham police seize 33 pounds of synthetic marijuana

From staff reportsFebruary 27, 2014 

Joe Kendrick Hardy: 2/25/2014. Charged with: TRAFF SYNTH CANNABINOID (2). MAINTAIN VEH/DWELL/PLACE CS.

— 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 vehicle’s 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.”

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