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September 20, 2018

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Authorities seize $300,000 of marijuana products in Henderson

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Henderson Police

A photo of some of the $300,000 worth of marijuana products Henderson Police say were seized after authorities served a search warrant on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, at a home in the the 800 block of Sheerwater Avenue, near Maryland Parkway and Boulder Highway.

Authorities seized nearly $300,000 worth of illegal marijuana products from a Henderson man’s vehicle and home as part of an investigation into the sale of drugs to minors, according to Henderson Police.

After stopping the man’s vehicle, Henderson and Metro police, along with federal agents, searched a residence Tuesday in the 800 block of Sheerwater Avenue, near Maryland Parkway and St. Rose Parkway, Henderson Police spokesman Rodrigo Pena said.

They seized more than 52 pounds of marijuana-infused edibles, like cookies, brownies and candies, 28 pounds of high-potency THC wax, 3,500 THC vaporizer cartridges, 1.7 pounds of marijuana flower and nearly 300 concentrated marijuana THC syringes, Pena said.

The man’s name was not released because the case is pending indictment through the Clark County District Attorney’s Office, Pena said. The man was not taken into custody.

While Nevada allows the sale of marijuana at licensed dispensaries, this type of bust confirms a robust black market still exists, said Riana Durrett, executive director of the Nevada Dispensary Association. Recreational marijuana sales became legal in Nevada on July 1, and with time, police will catch up with the illegal dealers, she said.

“Illegal dealers are essentially taking money out of the state’s hands because they’re not charging a tax,” Pena said.

Tuesday’s operation was conducted by the Southern Nevada Heroin Task Force and included Henderson and Metro police officers and agents from the federal Homeland Security Investigations department.