MBN arrests Gulfport man, seizes marijuana candies

MBN arrests Gulfport man, seizes marijuana candies

Gulfport, MS (WDAM) - Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics Director John Dowdy issued a warning to those preparing to enjoy Halloween after candy containing THC was seized during the arrest of a Gulfport man.

"Beware of the treats you purchase or consume," Dowdy said after the arrest of 40-year-old Homer Russell Smith for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

"THC, the mind-altering ingredient in marijuana, can be engineered to be hundreds of times stronger than usual," Director Dowdy said. "There's no quality control, so there's no way of knowing precisely how much THC you are ingesting."

According to an MBN press release, agents seized more than a pound of high-grade marijuana, 760 units of edible THC marijuana candies, almost 30 grams of "shatter," which is an extremely high THC solid form of marijuana, as well as more than 100 THC oil vape cartridges and an assortment of drug paraphernalia. The search and arrest came after a two-week investigation by MBN, United States Postal Inspection Service and Coastal Narcotics Enforcement Team.

Agents also seized five firearms, including one reported stolen, along with $11,000 in cash.

The investigation is ongoing and more arrests are expected.