Man charged third time with selling fake weed
Published: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 1:35 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 1:35 p.m.
OCALA – A Gainesville man arrested twice in March in Ocala for possession of synthetic marijuana was charged Tuesday with having 165 packages of the same product.
Nicholas Coullias, 29, was charged with possession of a controlled substance with the intent to sell, attempted sale of a controlled substance, unlawful use of a two-way communication device and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The Marion County Sheriff's Office's had received information that Coullias was selling the drugs out of a vehicle and got a description of the vehicle. A detective arranged a meeting with Coullias to purchase the drug.
Around 5 p.m. Tuesday, Coullias showed up. The detective showed Coullias the cash — $3,500 — and Coullias went to his vehicle, opened his trunk and removed the synthetic marijuana. The two made their exchange, at which time other detectives arrived and arrested Coullias.
Similar to the two prior times Coullias was arrested, some of the synthetic marijuana was labeled "Scooby Snax," "Bob Marley," "Mr. Big Shot Potpourri" and "Joker." The products tested positive for a controlled substance.
Coullias told detectives he was trying to sell the fake yet powerful weed to pay for his two prior arrests.
Those arrests were made March 20 and 24. According to online records, the court dates for those charges are April 22 and 29.
Contact Austin L. Miller at 867-4118 or firstname.lastname@example.org.