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Statesville area man charged with selling hydroponic marijuana

A Statesville area man was arrested and charged Friday with selling hydroponic marijuana, which authorities said can be two to seven times more potent than traditional marijuana.

Bradford Darnell Dobbins, 38, was charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, felony possession of marijuana, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and felony maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for a controlled substance.

He was jailed on $75,000 bail.

Narcotics detectives with the Iredell County sheriff’s office made undercover buys of the drug at Dobbins’s home, Sheriff Darren Campbell said.

Officers seized 90 ninety grams of hydroponic marijuana, $600 cash and a loaded semi-automatic 9 mm handgun, Campbell said. The street value of the marijuana is at least $1,800, the sheriff said.

Dobbins has a 15-year criminal record that includes robbery and drug convictions.

Most hydroponic marijuana comes from western states such as California and Colorado, where the drug is legal, Campbell said.