"Fake" bake - suspected synthetic pot discovered on driver in Orange

"Fake" bake - suspected synthetic pot discovered on driver in Orange

An Orange man was arrested on Jan. 26 after a report of a suspicious vehicle led officers to discover what they believe to be synthetic marijuana in the man's possession.

According to a report from the Orange Police Department, Officer Stephen Ward responded to the call at about 9:58 p.m. The caller reported that a silver Honda passenger car was parked in the roadway near Georgia Street and Campus Street in Orange. When Ward made contact with the driver of the vehicle, identified as 30-year-old Charles Bradley of Orange, he reports that the man was visibly shaking. When Bradley exited the vehicle upon the officer's request, Ward said he smelled the distinct odor of marijuana. When asked about marijuana, Bradley told the officer he had some "fake" in the driver's seat.

"I know 'fake' to be commonly referred to synthetic marijuana," reported Ward. He observed a green leafy substance in a plastic bag in the front seat of the vehicle, as allegedly directed by the suspect.

A check through dispatch reportedly revealed Bradley was driving under a suspended license. He was arrested for Driving While License Invalid. Drug charges are pending lab results, reported Ward. The car was towed, and Bradley was taken to the Orange County Jail.

A public database search revealed Bradley has been convicted of felony theft and spent time in a Huntsville prison.