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Posted: Thursday, March 14, 2013 4:30 am

The defendant in Bell County’s largest seizure of synthetic pot is now facing additional drug possession charges after police found more of the banned substance in his home.

Anthony Joseph, the 43-year-old proprietor of the Rancier Avenue business Smoke Shack, is now facing a charge of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, 4 grams or more but less than 200 grams.

Police executed a search warrant on Joseph’s home Feb. 12 and found 18 hand-rolled cigars and 34 unopened packages containing a green, leafy substance that field tested positive as synthetic marijuana, according to an arrest affidavit.

The substance commonly known as “Spice” or “K2” was legal until recently. The product found by KPD at Joseph’s home was labeled “assassins,” the affidavit stated.

A Bell County grand jury indicted Joseph on Feb. 20 on a charge of possession of a controlled substance, 400 grams or more. That charge resulted from the seizure of 775 grams — more than 1½ pounds — of the banned substance from his drive-thru business.

The total weight of the cigars was 22 grams. The 34 “Assassins” packages weighed 544 grams, but that included the weight of the packaging.

Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke arraigned Joseph on Wednesday, setting his bail at $50,000. Joseph was not in Bell County Jail on Wednesday night.

Cooke also arraigned April Dianne Harris, 36, on a charge of fraudulent use or possession of identifying information. Harris’ bail was set at $20,000.

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