An 21-year-old Apex man who is on parole after a 2014 federal conviction for distributing a psychedelic drug was arrested Wednesday night with what police said was 1.2 pounds of marijuana and 6 ounces of marijuana wax.
Ryan John Laches of 1006 Double Spring Court was at Olive Chapel and Pearson Farms roads when police stopped a 2012 Mazda 3 about 10:30 p.m., according to arrest records.
In the car, an arrest warrant stated, they found the marijuana and 178.9 grams (6.3 ounces) of marijuana wax. The wax is produced when chemicals are used to concentrate the active chemicals in marijuana.
Police charged Laches with possession of both substances with intent to sell or distribute and with maintaining the Mazda to keep and sell drugs.
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A magistrate set Laches’ bail at $25,000.
Laches had been arrested in Wake County in October 2012 on a charge of selling LSD and in January 2014 on a charge of trafficking in LSD.
He was convicted in state court of either charge, but a federal grand jury indicted him in June 2014 of possession with intent to distribute a psychedelic derivative of LSD.
After he was convicted, a district court judge sentenced him to up to 22 months in prison. He was released from prison on Sept. 4, 2015, and began a five-year parole, according to federal records in the case.
In March this year, a probation officer got permission from the judge to direct Laches to get treatment to deal with depression he was experiencing.
Laches was held in the Wake County Detention Center pending a court first appearance Thursday.