ALBANY, Ga. -- They've seen it before, but not at this weight.
"What makes this unique is that this is the first time we have come across 'Spice,' synthetic marijuana, in this quantity," said Albany Dougherty Drug Unit Maj. Bill Berry. "We'd like to know where this came from."
The quarter-pound bag of synthetic marijuana was part of the more than $5,000 worth of drugs the unit confiscated when it raided a 2401 Nottingham Way apartment at about 9:30 p.m. Friday.
The unit arrested two men on drug possession with intent to distribute charges and one man for giving false information to authorities.
According to a Drug Unit report, Undrek Lukienth Bussey, 35, and Walter C. Irvin, 38, both residents of the apartment, were in possession of $1,591 worth of organic marijuana, $1,223 worth of synthetic marijuana, $2,420 in crack cocaine and $30 of ecstasy. They are in Dougherty County Jail with no bond.
Bussey is also charged with possession of a loaded .40-caliber Smith & Wesson revolver, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
The 26-year-old, third man in the apartment, used an alias, Deshavea Lakieth Ivory, to the arresting officers, Berry said.
"The other two owned up to having the drugs," Berry said. "Ivory was just at the apartment."
Ivory's real name could be Deshaven Smith, but that could also be an alias, Berry said. The Quitman County Sheriff's Office has warrants on Smith and took him to their jurisdiction, Berry added.
Synthetic marijuana has been seen in the Dougherty County jurisdiction before, but only in small quantities. Seizing a quarter-pound led Berry to say it could be a trend in the area.
"They spray chemicals on a green leafy substance that looks like marijuana," Berry said. "It could be parsley or oregano. It looks like marijuana."
Although Georgia banned synthetic marijuana in June, it remains legal in more than 35 states, according to the website knowledgebase.findlaw.com.
"K2, also called Spice, Genie or Zohai, consists of chemically-treated spices, which mimic the effects of marijuana when smoked in joints or from pipes," the website stated.
Drug Unit investigators had their eyes on apartment 58 in the Nottingham North complex since December 2009, the Drug Unit report stated.
"We used a ram to break the door down with a no-knock warrant," Berry said. "When we entered Bussey jumped up from a recliner and ran to the kitchen. He left the firearm on the couch."
The trio was watching a football game on a flat-screen television when the raid went down, Berry said. They offered no resistance, he added.
As they gathered the drugs for evidence, Drug Unit officers also found a cup that advertised in ballpoint pen: "To hit the weed $2." Apparently the marijuana could be sampled if a customer put $2 in the cup, Berry said.
"It reminds me of the shot-house, liquor-house days," Berry said. "Just throw a couple bucks in the cup and get a shot."