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Huge spice bust in Ocean Springs an 'international investigation'

Chau Ngoc Duong, 35, was arrested at the residence on Belle Terre Ct. (Photo source: WLOX/MBN) Chau Ngoc Duong, 35, was arrested at the residence on Belle Terre Ct. (Photo source: WLOX/MBN)
MBN agents served a search warrant at the home on Belle Terre Ct Friday morning where they say they discovered two kilos of synthetic cannabinoids packaged in small bags for distribution.  (Photo source: WLOX) MBN agents served a search warrant at the home on Belle Terre Ct Friday morning where they say they discovered two kilos of synthetic cannabinoids packaged in small bags for distribution. (Photo source: WLOX)
Other evidence agents uncovered include a money counter and hundreds of mailing boxes investigators said were intended to distribute the spice nationwide. (Photo source: WLOX) Other evidence agents uncovered include a money counter and hundreds of mailing boxes investigators said were intended to distribute the spice nationwide. (Photo source: WLOX)
The raid follows a month-long MBN investigation. (Photo source: WLOX) The raid follows a month-long MBN investigation. (Photo source: WLOX)
Officials said this is an international investigation involving the Dept. of Homeland Security and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. (Photo source: WLOX) Officials said this is an international investigation involving the Dept. of Homeland Security and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. (Photo source: WLOX)
OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) -

The Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics say they watched the movements of 35-year-old Chau Ngoc Duong for a month before obtaining a search warrant to raid an Ocean Springs home Friday. 

Inside, agents found nearly 4 and a half pounds of synthetic marijuana packaged in small bags for distribution, along with chemicals and other materials often used to make spice.

"I was shocked to hear this went down in our neighborhood today. I thought it was a very quiet and safe place," said neighbor David Hoffman. "I'm glad they got these bad people out of our neighborhood."

Hoffman says he never noticed anything out of the ordinary at the home at the intersection of Belle Terre Court and Bergerac Lane.

"Surprisingly, I never saw hardly any people at that house at all. Seemed abandoned," added Hoffman. 

Investigators found a money counter and hundreds of mailing boxes meant to distribute the spice nationwide. Duong was charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute.

Duong, who was on a federal probation for a prior drug charge at the time of his arrest, is being held at the Jackson County Adult Detention Center pending an initial appearance in court.   

Officials said this is an international investigation and both the Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration are involved. 

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