Synthetic pot leads to 2 arrests

photo Jackson County Sheriff's Office displays seized suspected synthetic cannabinoid and drug paraphernalia.

photo Ralph Dwayne Currie

photo Selina Johnson Currie

When a 41-year-old man was suspected of smuggling the equivalent of 9,071 cigars of synthetic marijuana into Jackson County two years ago, police weren't armed with the technology that would have allowed them to arrest him.

They are now.

It was 2011 when Jackson County Sheriff's Office detectives said they caught Ralph Currie with 20 pounds of suspected contraband in a home in Bryant, Ala.