WAXAHACHIE — A traffic stop conducted by a Waxahachie Police officer resulted in the seizure of 250 grams of a marijuana concentrate known as “dabs” or THC wax.

The driver of the vehicle, Zacheriah Don Mathews, 31, of Waxahachie, was arrested in connection with the seizure on May 10.

“Our officer reports he stopped a car for speeding on Highway 287 near Highway 77 on May 10 at approximately 2:39 a.m. The car took the Brown Street exit and the officer got it to pull over on Stadium Drive,” Waxahachie Police Lt. Todd Woodruff said. “The officer reports he smelled an odor of marijuana when he made contact with the car’s driver. He reports he conducted a search and found a substance he believed was 'THC wax' in the car.”

Woodruff stated the search of the vehicle yielded 54 individually packaged envelopes containing the alleged substance. The gross weight of the substance, with packaging, was about 250 grams.

Woodruff explained that the manner in which the substance was packaged led the officer to believe that it was possessed with the intent to sell or deliver.

Mathews was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance in penalty group two, with the intent to deliver between four grams to 400 grams — which is a felony. He has since posted bond and is no longer listed as an inmate on the Wayne McCollum Detention Center’s website.

“A Texas DPS Crime lab analyst will provide the net weight and chemically test the substance. Those results will be provided to the Ellis County and District Attorney Office,” Woodruff said. “Chapter 481.103 of the Texas Health and Safety Code places 'Tetrahydrocannabinols' and 'resinous extracts of Cannabis’ in the same legal classification as the hallucinogens mescaline and psilocybin. Possession of any amount of these substances is a felony. Some of our officers are familiar with the THC extracts; with this being about the fifth arrest we’ve made for THC wax since we first saw it in 2015.”

Woodruff explained that, by statute, such substances are treated differently as marijuana, which has its own separate legal classification. While possessing small amounts of marijuana remains a misdemeanor in Texas, possessing any amount of a THC concentrate or cannabis extract is treated as a felony.

According to the Drug Enforcement Administration website, a marijuana concentrate is a highly potent THC concentrated mass that is most similar in appearance to either honey or butter, which is why it is referred to or known on the street as “honey oil" or "budder."

“Marijuana concentrates contain extraordinarily high THC levels that could range from 40 to 80 percent,” the DEA website states. “This form of marijuana can be up to four times stronger in THC content than a high grade or top shelf marijuana, which normally measures around 20 percent THC levels.”

The DEA website added that, since it is a highly concentrated form of marijuana, the effects upon the user may be more psychologically and physically intense than plant marijuana use. Long-term effects of marijuana concentrate use are not yet fully known.

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