A month-long undercover investigation culminated with the arrest of a Mooresville man for distributing marijuana “wax,” said Iredell Sheriff Darren Campbell.

Christopher David Zamarripa, 29, of Michigan Drive, was charged with the following felonies:

Four counts of possession with intent to sell/deliver Schedule VI; three counts of sell/deliver Schedule VI and maintaining a dwelling to sell/use marijuana as well as one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Zamarripa received a $50,000 bond from a magistrate.

Campbell said investigators with the narcotics unit, with assistance from patrol deputies, searched a search warrant on Zamarripa’s apartment Thursday.

He said the investigation began last month when narcotics investigators received information that Zamarripa was distributing marijuana wax in the area. Campbell said wax is highly sought after because of its higher THC content.

“This type of cannabis/marijuana wax is one of the most sought-after concentrates due to the highest quality versions contain a THC content that’s equivalent to 15-20 marijuana cigarettes. While there are marijuana plant strains available with a THC content up to 30 percent, many of these max concentrates contain over 90 percent THC,” Campbell said in a press release.

After receiving the information, Campbell said, investigators conducted surveillance for confirmation and then launched the undercover investigation. During July, he said, investigators purchased approximately 64 grams of wax from Zamarripa. The value, Campbell said, is approximately $1,600.

During the Thursday search, investigators found approximately 74 grams of wax, which has an estimated value of $1,850.

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Question regarding legalization: If marijuana was legal in NC, pertaining to this case, (1) would "wax" be legal also? (2) would sales be legal, or would that still be a crime? (3) would the sales at $1600 be taxable income?

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