Synthetic marijuana in vehicle results in felony charges against Powderly man

paris police tahoe (2)Paris police officers responded to 216 calls during the 72-hour weekend from Friday through Sunday, resulting in 20 arrests.

Paris police department spokesman Curtis Garrett said when officers stopped a Powderly man about 11 p.m. on Sunday in the 500 block of Northwest 1st Street, he immediately got out of his vehicle and told officers he was in possession of “fake marijuana.”

Officers arrested Geno Ethan Allen, 24, after discovering that he did not have a valid driver’s license, Garrett said. An inventory of the vehicle then turned up numerous packages of synthetic marijuana in the center console, he said.

Allen was also charged with a first-degree felony possession of a controlled substance, Garrett said.

By Charles Richards, eParisExtra

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Charles Richards Charles Richards moved to Paris in 2004 after retiring from a 40-year career in journalism – the last 26 years as a news writer and sports writer with The Associated Press in Dallas and Washington, D.C. In mid-2004, The Paris News coaxed him out of retirement, and he began covering the police, court and regional beat for The Paris News. Then in early 2005, he was switched to coverage of a sharply divided Paris City Council. He was appointed by the City Council in 2006 to the 12-member City Charter Review Commission, which extensively rewrote the outmoded document. His writing awards include two first-place awards in statewide competition for feature writing. The most recent was his 2005 story on a Paris doctor’s startling use of leeches in a successful attempt to re-attach a man’s severed ear. Over his career, Richards’ interview subjects include Alabama Gov. George Wallace, President Bill Clinton, President George W. Bush, David Koresh, Arnold Palmer, Muhammad Ali and numerous other political and sports figures. He is an alumnus of Texas Tech, where he was editor of the school newspaper. He lives in Paris with his wife, Barbara, who is retired after 30 years as a teacher and high school counselor.