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Durham deputies seize 31 pounds of pot

Friday, January 17, 2014
31 pounds of marijuana and pot plants seized in Durham

31 pounds of marijuana and pot plants seized in Durham (Image courtesy Durham County Sheriff's Office)

Durham County deputies displayed a whopping 31 pounds of marijuana on Friday they seized from a home on Goodwin Road.

Investigators said 31-year-old Robert Lewis Carden Jr. fled on foot as they served a search warrant, but he was quickly captured.

In addition to the processed pot, deputies said they found 158 marijuana plants, $40,611 in cash, a .40 caliber semi-automatic pistol, and several items used in the manufacture of marijuana including artificial sunlight lamps, two 500-gallon water tanks, humidifiers, carbon dioxide tanks and more.

The Durham County Sheriff's office said the drugs had an estimated street value of $834,661.

Carden is charged with manufacturing marijuana, maintaining a dwelling for the purpose of manufacturing marijuana, marijuana trafficking, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession with intent to sell, deliver, or manufacture marijuana.

He posted a $100,000 bond and was released.

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