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Authorities make major spice bust after nearly 2 years

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Spice bust at store in Stevenson (Source: Jackson County Sheriff's Office) Spice bust at store in Stevenson (Source: Jackson County Sheriff's Office)
Ralph Currie (Source: Jackson County Sheriff's Office) Ralph Currie (Source: Jackson County Sheriff's Office)
Selina Currie (Source: Jackson County Sheriff's Office) Selina Currie (Source: Jackson County Sheriff's Office)
JACKSON COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

It's taken nearly two years, but Jackson County deputies feel that they have enough evidence to move forward with a major spice case.

The bust two years ago dealt with nearly 20 pounds of spice. Back then, they didn't have testers for the new drug for probable cause, so they had to wait until forensics could positively identify the drug before an arrest could be made.

After a traffic stop on Highway 71 in the Flat Rock community, 41-year-old Ralph Dwayne Currie and 27-year-old Selina Johnson Currie, both of Henagar, were charged after a small amount of spice was found in the vehicle.

They now face various drug charges including manufacturing and possession charges.

A search warrant to a Henagar home and a Fackler business uncovered a large amount of spice and packaged spice.

During that time, Ralph was also served warrants for drug charges relating to the find of nearly 20 pounds of spice back in 2011.

Authorities said they had to wait until the lab test results back then were concluded before an arrest could be made.

"Drugs are taking a lot longer. Gun tests are taking a lot longer," said Jackson County Chief Deputy Rocky Harnen. "Instead of them doing all things in Huntsville, things are being farmed out to different places, so it's taking quite a bit longer to get our results."

Ralph and Selina are currently in jail awaiting bonds to be set.

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