Two arrested for drugs

Published 8:00pm Friday, November 2, 2012

Local authorities making a routine traffic stop on a car driving into Alabama from Florida with an expired tag found more than they expected when the situation turned into a drug bust.

The driver was identified as Jerry Johnson, Jr. and there was also a passenger, identified as James Slusser.

According to Scott Walden, an agent with the 21st Judicial Drug Task Force, the officer asked if there were any drugs in the vehicle with the driver and passenger claiming  there were not; however, the men denied consent to search the car.

At that point, the officers contacted Walden, followed by officer Danny Lambert.

A search was then performed at the Fast Lane service station on South Main Street by Lambert and his search dog Ajax.

The search turned up several packs of spice and marijuana.

Officers then received consent to search the residence of the men. The search yielded a total of 13.1 grams of marijuana and 15.7 grams of spice, according to Walden.

Slusser was charged with possession of synthetic marijuana, marijuana in the first degree and drug paraphernalia, both felony charges. Johnson, Jr. was charged with possession of synthetic marijuana, marijuana in the second degree and drug paraphernalia, both misdemeanor charges.

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