Narcotics bust yields arrest, contraband seizure
Deputies seized more than 30 pounds of marijuana and thousands of dollars in cash Thursday when they raided a north Durham house.
Narcotics investigators from the Durham County Sheriff’s Office served a warrant about 6:30 p.m. at the home of Robert Lewis Carden Jr., 31, of Goodwin Road.
“Carden fled the home on foot as deputies entered the residence but he was quickly captured,” according to Deputy Paul Sherwin, spokesman for the sheriff’s office.
The raid ended a weeks-long investigation that resulted in the seizure of 31 pounds of marijuana, 158 marijuana plants, $40,611 cash and a .40 caliber semi-automatic pistol. Deputies also found items used to grow marijuana, including artificial sunlight lamps, two 500-gallon water tanks, humidifiers and carbon dioxide tanks.
Estimated street value of the narcotics was $834,661, with an assessed tax value of $66,920. If convicted, Carden is expected to pay that amount or face additional civil penalties, Sherwin said.
He was booked into the Durham County Jail at 3 a.m. on Friday on charges of 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. Carden was released after posting $100,000 bond.
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