The man, Derrick Jermaine Priest, 31, of Saint Pauls, apparently described the potency of the treat, the City County Drug Task Force said in a statement. “Priest stated that you eat a little bit at a time during the day, never eat it all at once. It’s very potent.”
The bar is made with cannabutter, which is the THC extracted from the plant and infused with butter.
Monday morning was one of the rare times the task force encountered an edible derived from the THC contained in marijuana, Captain A.M. Harris said.
Priest, who was cited with possession of marijuana up to a half-ounce and possession of marijuana paraphernalia, bought the bar from a friend in Fayetteville, Harris said. “We want to make the parents aware that’s it’s out there, that marijuana is not only sold in a form to be smoked, but can be made into edible forms.”
The stop occurred shortly after 6:30 as agents and deputies of the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office were conducting interdiction on the interstate.
During the encounter with Priest, Harris requested the assistance of Halifax County Sheriff’s Office Corporal P. Moyer and dog Bosco.
During the search of the vehicle, marijuana, a mason jar with marijuana residue, rolling papers and a marijuana grinder were seized.
During the search of the luggage, Agent J.R. Matthews located the cannabis bar, wrapped in wax paper then wrapped in plastic sealed with a piece of tape. A smaller piece was found in the center console.
Priest has a July 26 court date.