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Russell County sheriff: Man found with ecstasy in form of lollipops

A man was arrested Tuesday afternoon on Highway 431 after a Russell County sheriff’s deputy allegedly found him with an assortment of drugs, including a handful of lollipops dipped in ecstasy.

Officials said Jalen Aqui Katid Wells, 21, of College Park, Ga., was driving to Panama City Beach, Fla., for spring break when a deputy stopped him for “crossing the outside line several times.” That’s when the official said he found a small quantity of powdered cocaine, Adderall, marijuana, Xanax and lollipops dipped in ecstasy in the suspect’s vehicle.

Russell County Sheriff Heath Taylor said the suspect didn’t appear to be intoxicated at the time of the incident, which happened on Highway 431 South outside of Phenix City.

The sheriff said he has known his deputies to encounter ecstasy on stamps, tattoos and hard candy, but he’s never seen a lollipop with the “party drug” in the Russell County prior to this incident.

He advised residents, especially parents, to be aware of the various ways the drug can present itself.

“If you would have seen someone walking down the street or in public with this in their mouth, would you think they were partaking in a controlled substance?” the sheriff asked. “I wouldn’t, and I’ve been in the business for 29 years.”

Wells was arrested on the scene and charged with trafficking a controlled substance (ecstasy) and two counts of possession of a controlled substance. He was booked into the Russell County Jail.

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