THOMASVILLE — With lights and blue lights on, a Thomasville police officer eventually pulled over a vehicle suspected of having illegal window tint.
The officer detected the odor of marijuana coming from the black Chevrolet Impala at Short Broad and Fann streets.
While speaking to the driver, identified as Darius Perez Jackson, 37, 600 Caitlin Lane, the officer saw marijuana flakes on Jackson's lap and on driver and passenger seats, a Thomasville Police Department incident report states.
The officer noticed the car's CD player was not fully bolted in. When he pulled the CD player out, he found two plastic bags containing marijuana.
According to the incident report, when the officer removed the marijuana, he found a bag of spice. A digital scale was found in Jackson's pocket.
The suspect is charged with possession of a Schedule I substance and marijuana, window tint violation and drug-related object.
The Thomas County/Thomasville Narcotics/Vice Division is familiar with Jackson from past drug arrests, said Keith Drawdy, assistant commander.
Spice is much cheaper than marijuana, Drawdy said, in reference to the substance's current popularity.
"Dealers can make a big profit on it," Drawdy said.
A dealer can buy 10 pounds of spice for $2,000 and make a profit of $5,000 to $10,000, he said.
That spice batch might make users high. The next batch might cause hallucinations. Each batch is sprayed with a different chemical.
"You never know what that chemical is," the assistant commander said.
The substance, much of which is chemically-treated potpourri, is available on the black market, Drawdy added.
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