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Deputies: Synthetic marijuana seized, man arrested

Feras Marji (Source: McCracken County Sheriff's Department) Feras Marji (Source: McCracken County Sheriff's Department)
Synthetic marijuana seized by detectives. (Source: McCracken County Sheriff's Department) Synthetic marijuana seized by detectives. (Source: McCracken County Sheriff's Department)
PADUCAH, KY (KFVS) -

Detectives with the McCracken County Sheriff's Department received information on Aug. 15 that a Paducah man was selling large quantities of synthetic marijuana, often called Spice.

They say the Marshall County Sheriff's Office had got the information through an investigation conducted by their drug division.

With that information, detectives determined that Feras Marji was selling synthetic marijuana from his home on Dixie Avenue, as well as other locations in western Kentucky and southern Illinois.

On the morning of Aug. 16, detectives from the McCracken County Sheriff's Department and Marshall County Sheriff's Office executed a search warrant at Marji's home on Dixie Avenue in Paducah, Ky.

During a search of the home, detectives say they found more than 2,700 bags of synthetic marijuana, a loaded handgun and more than $3,000 believed to be proceeds from illegal drug sales. As the investigation continued, detectives determined the 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 say they also seized one bank account belonging to Marji during the investigation.

Marji was arrested pursuant to an arrest warrant on the morning of Aug. 19 and charged with trafficking synthetic drugs, first offense. He was taken to the McCracken County Regional Jail.

According to deputies, synthetic marijuana is a very dangerous drug with area hospitals seeing several overdoses. The substance is usually sprayed with a chemical that frequently changes in order to circumvent the law, and is obviously not regulated by the FDA.

The McCracken County Sheriff's Department says in November 2011, after Marji had synthetic marijuana and drug paraphernalia seized from his business, he signed a two-page letter, under legal counsel, that he knowingly sold the synthetic marijuana and that the items would soon be illegal. They say he agreed to not sell the items again in the future.

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