A Fayetteville man was busted with nearly 35 pounds of marijuana Wednesday, according to police.
Joshua Malcolm, 33, was arrested at at 957 W. Hughes on charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia after detectives with the Fourth Judicial District Drug Task Force executed a search warrant.
“You had a mixture of types of marijuana but you are looking at about $36,000 in street value,” said Sgt. Craig Stout with the Fayetteville Police Department.
Officers seized 34.5 pounds of marijuana and $9,102. They also found a money counter and scales.
“You could tell that this was set up to be a fairly good-sized operation,” Stout said.
Malcolm lives near the University of Arkansas and neighbors said they’re surprised by the amount of marijuana seized in the bust.
“I wasn’t expecting it. I mean I’m not surprised but I didn’t know,” Katie Harris said.
“That is a lot to confiscate,” she added.
Investigators said seizing this amount helps prevent violence in the area.
“It’s a very good size score and especially having several pound of high-graded marijuana mixed in,” Stout said.
“A lot of our shootings and home invasion robberies have been over high-graded marijuana. So it’s good that we got it off the street,” Stout said.
The Fourth Judicial District Drug Task Force is comprised of Fayetteville, Springdale, Prairie Grove, Lincoln, Farmington, West Fork, Greenland, Johnson, Elm Springs, Elkins Police Departments, the City of Goshen, and the Washington and Madison County Sheriff’s Offices.