Police seize 41 pounds of synthetic marijuana, Beaumont man arrested on drug charges

BEAUMONT - Southeast Texas law enforcement officials seized a large amount of synthetic marijuana and arrested three men after raiding a north end auto shop according to a release from the Beaumont Police Department.

Jimmy Duriso, 36, of Beaumont, was arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute after officers found about 41 pounds of synthetic marijuana at J & J Automotive at 5095 Concord Road.

Beaumont Police Department narcotics detectives and DEA agents, assisted by the SWAT, K-9 units, Special Assignments Unit, the Auto Theft Task Force and the ATF, executed a federal search warrant at the auto shop according to the release.

The search warrant, as well as Duriso's arrest, is part of an ongoing joint investigation by the DEA and Beaumont narcotics officers.

The investigation into the large amount of synthetic marijuana, or "Kush," is ongoing and more charges are expected when the investigation is complete the release said.

The SWAT team entered the business and secured it and several people in and outside of the building and once secure officers and  K-9 units searched the shop according to the release.

During the search the synthetic marijuana, or "Kush," was located.

Two other people were arrested on unrelated warrants the release said.

Watch 12News at Ten on Thursday night as Brandi Smith investigates the explosion of synthetic marijuana use in Southeast Texas and how advocates for the legalization of marijuana say it is helping their cause.

(© 2016 KBMT)


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