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2 men face charges tied to synthetic marijuana
Ricardo Hayes

Two men were arrested Wednesday at a Gainesville hotel on charges of possession and intent to sell synthetic marijuana, a mishmash drug of research chemicals that has been known to cause heart attacks and even kill.

In addition to the 13 ounces of synthetic marijuana in 15 bags Ernest Nicourtney Bishop, 36, allegedly had on him, the Gainesville resident was also found in possession of crack cocaine, methamphetamine and less than an ounce of marijuana, according to the Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad and Gainesville police.

His charges include possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute, possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana and possession of synthetic marijuana with the intent to distribute.

Ricardo Hayes, 31, of Albany was arrested at the same location on possession of synthetic marijuana.

Hayes also had an outstanding warrant on unspecified charges.

Authorities estimated the street value off the drugs seized at $14,840.

Both men were arrested without incident and booked in at the Hall County Jail.

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