PHOTO: The Rainsville Police Department seized 5 ounces of "spice," or synthetic marijuana in separate incidents this week. The substances was banned in Alabama back in 2011 when it was discovered to be dangerous. (Tyler Pruett | Southern Torch)
By Staff Reports
RAINSVILLE, Ala. — According to the Rainsville Police Department: Sergeant Nick Knopps of the Rainsville Police conducted a traffic stop Wednesday night near the intersection of Horton and Kirk Roads.
The vehicle was driven by Brad Giffin of Fyffe. During the stop, it was discovered that Giffin had warrants in Jackson County and he gave Knopps consent to search the vehicle.
Knopps discovered 10 grams of "spice" or "K2;" which are the street names for synthetic marijuana, which was banned in Alabama in 2011. Spice is made by spraying organic material with chemicals to create a high when smoked, and is known to be dangerous.
Kathryn Friedlander of Illinois was with Giffin during the stop. Through the course of interrogating Giffin, he admitted to having more spice at his residence in Fyffe.
The Rainsville Police Department, in coordination with the DeKalb County Drug Task Force, searched the residence and found a further 2 ounces of Spice.
Giffin and Friedlander were charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. Giffin was also arrested for the existing felony warrant from Jackson County and Friedlander on a warrant in Illinois.
The two are currently being held in the DeKalb County Jail.
Yesterday afternoon, in an unrelated investigation, approximately three additional ounces of spice was found at a residence in Rainsville on Kirk Road.
The home belonged to Burma Ganell Robbins of Rainsville. Bobby Ray Goforth of Rainsville was currently staying at the home,and Christy Hudgins Taylor was also taken into custody (No mugshots yet. Prisoners are still awaiting transfer from Rainsville to the DeKalb County Jail at this time.)
All were charged with trafficking a controlled substance and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.
Rainsville Police Chief Kevin Smith said, "I'm very proud of the work that our Criminal Investigations Division (CID) is doing. We are working well as a team to get dope off the streets."
"I'm also proud of the relationship we have with the DeKalb County Drug Task Force and to help solve the drug problem we have in this area," added Smith.