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A Marion County, Tennessee, man was arrested Tuesday in Alabama for allegedly being in possession of more than five pounds of synthetic marijuana, law enforcement authorities said.

William Travis Payne, 25, of Whiteside, Tennessee, was charged with trafficking in a synthetic controlled substance after a traffic stop that led to his arrest, according to a Jackson County Sheriff's Office news release.

Jackson County deputy Brandon Phillips stopped Payne on Alabama Highway 35 in Scottsboro for a tag violation, officials said in the release. Phillips reportedly became suspicious illegal drugs might be in the vehicle and conducted a search.

An estimated 5.1 pounds of "synthetic cannabinoids," also known as "Spice," was found in the passenger compartment of Payne's vehicle, police said.

Payne also was being sought on a warrant for failure to pay a traffic fine from 2018, the release states.

Payne is being held at the Jackson County Jail.

No bond had been set at the time of the release, officials said.

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