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Police seize $136,000 worth of 'spice' drug

Staff report

A Paducah man was arrested Tuesday on a charge of trafficking synthetic marijuana, also called spice, according to the McCracken County Sheriff's Department.

On Friday, sheriff's detectives received information that a Paducah man was selling large quantities of the synthetic drug, which the Marshall County Sheriff's Office obtained through an investigation. Detectives said Feras Marji was selling the substance from his residence on Dixie Avenue and elsewhere in western Kentucky and southern Illinois.

On Saturday detectives from both sheriff departments executed a search warrant at Marji's residence. According to the McCracken County Sheriff's Department, detectives found more than 2,700 bags of synthetic marijuana, a loaded handgun and more than $3,000 believed to be proceeds from drug sales.

As the investigation continued, detectives alleged that Marji was selling the bags of spice at an average of $50 per bag, giving the seized synthetic marijuana a street value of about $136,000. Detectives also seized a bank account belonging to Marji.

Marji was arrested Tuesday and charged with trafficking synthetic drugs on the first offense. He was jailed.

The McCracken County Sheriff's Department warns that synthetic marijuana is a highly dangerous drug and that area hospitals have seen several overdoses from it.

Synthetic marijuana and drug paraphernalia were seized from Marji's business in July and August of 2011. Police noted that in November of 2011 he signed a letter stating that he knowingly sold the synthetic marijuana and agreed to not sell it in the future.

People with information pertaining to illegal drug crimes can contact the sheriff's department drug division at 270-448-1516 or 270-444-5157.

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