Man charged with selling synthetic pot after tip - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Man charged with selling synthetic marijuana after officers receive tip

Posted: Updated: Oct 17, 2011 01:57 PM EDT
Charles W. Bell (source: Louisville Metro Department of Corrections) Charles W. Bell (source: Louisville Metro Department of Corrections)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Police have arrested a man and charged him selling synthetic marijuana from a business near downtown Louisville.

According to an arrest report, officers on patrol received a tip that the illegal synthetic drug known as "Spice" was being sold from a business at 1100 block of south Fourth Street.

As officers entered the business to check on the complaint, he fled to the rear of the building with an officer close behind. Police say that officer saw the suspect, 38-year-old Charles W. Bell, "throwing down one marijuana blunt."

Bell was detained and searched for weapons and contraband. That's when police say Bell told them he didn't know it was against the law to sell Spice. After receiving permission to conduct a search, officers found multiple packages of the substance, along with a small baggie of marijuana and a loaded handgun.

Police also found 1,000 "pirated" DVDs and CDs packaged for distribution.

After running a check on Bell, they discovered he already has felony convictions on his record. The arrest report says the gun and marijuana were in Bell's reach when police first made contact.

He was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana, tampering with physical evidence, trafficking in synthetic marijuana, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

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