LIVINGSTON - Livingston Parish sheriff’s detectives arrested a man Wednesday found in possession of $50,000 worth of newly illegal synthetic marijuana, the Sheriff’s Office reported Friday.

Troy Michael Ouber, 32, of Livingston, also had one-fourth of a pound of natural marijuana, Chief Criminal Deputy Jason Ard said in a news release.

Ouber said he paid $10,000 for the synthetic marijuana, Ard said in the release.

Detectives recovered approximately 5,000 individual packets of the synthetic weed, which could be sold for $10 per bag, Ard said in the release.

Ouber was booked with possession with intent to distribute synthetic weed and the natural weed, and a single count of possession of drug paraphernalia, Ard said in the release.

As of Friday afternoon, Ouber remained in the Livingston Parish Detention Center with bail set at $100,500, the release said.

Possession of synthetic marijuana, often sold as “potpourri,” was made illegal by the state Legislature’s Act 420, which went into effect July 15.

Livingston Parish sheriff’s deputies confiscated more than 900 packets of the synthetic marijuana from two businesses in the parish July 19.