Beaumont man charged with intent to distribute synthetic marijuana
A 32-year-old Beaumont man arrested in June in possession of Lego-shaped blocks suspected of containing THC oil has since been indicted, re-arrested and charged with possession with intent to distribute synthetic marijuana.
A federal grand jury indicted Conrad Stanley Hammon on Aug. 6 and charged him with possession with intent to distribute Dimethyltrypamine (DMT), or synthetic marijuana, U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced Aug. 8.
According to information presented in court, a state-issued search warrant was executed on June 12 at a residence in the 3900 block of Sunbury Drive in Beaumont. Approximately 85 kilograms of DMT was discovered during the search. According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, synthetic marijuana is often targeted for sale to minors or younger adults. This particular seizure included Lego-shaped candies thought, at the time, to be injected with THC, the principal psychoactive ingredient in marijuana.
Information from the recent indictment, however, indicates DMT was the narcotic inside the candies.
Hammon was arrested at his residence on the morning of Aug. 8 and brought before U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith F. Giblin for an initial appearance. Hammon was released pending trial.
If convicted on the charge, Hammon faces up to 20 years in federal prison.
The DMT-infused candies were first discovered during a Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office raid on Hammon’s Sunbury Drive residence June 12. Deputies reportedly found seven pounds of hydroponic marijuana with an estimated street value of $35,000; 25 “Mollies” or “Ecstasy” pills, which contain MDMA (3-4 methylenedioxymethamphetamine), with an estimated value of $500; a half-ounce of DMT, a psychedelic compound with an estimated value of $1,500; hallucinogenic mushrooms apparently produced from an in-house grow operation, approximately 25 gallons of liquid containing THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), which is the mind-altering ingredient found in cannabis; $10,203 in cash, and various other drug paraphernalia.
During a press conference in June, Jefferson County Sheriff Mitch Woods and JCSO Narcotics Task Force Captain Troy Tucker both expressed shock at the magnitude of the drug bust made in the small residential neighborhood.
“We executed the search warrant, and we really weren’t expecting all this,” Captain Tucker related.
“What you see right here in front of you is way more than personal use,” Sheriff Woods said indicating two long tables covered with a diverse array of drugs.
Five subjects were reportedly at the residence at the time of the June 13 raid. Hammon reportedly confessed, telling investigators all the seized narcotics were his. He was arrested for felony possession of marijuana but deputies warned then that other charges, including intent to distribute, could follow.
Capt. Tucker said he feared the Lego-shaped blocks mentioned in the Aug. 8 indictment were meant to be attractive to “young adults or children.”
A grand jury indictment is not evidence of guilt and all defendants are presumed innocent until proved guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.