‘Spice’ leads to 2 arrests

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Turns out “spice” isn’t all that nice after an East Brewton woman was allegedly found hallucinating in the middle of the road Friday.

East Brewton Police Chief Kenny Brazile said Monday that officers responded to a call of “abnormal activity” in front of a Mantle Street home.

“What they found was Korissa Piland, who after (allegedly) consuming spice, was in the middle of the street, yelling at people and having abnormal behavior,” Brazile said. “Neighbors called the police, and after a short investigation, officers discovered a small amount of spice, or synthetic marijuana and the paraphernalia used to smoke it.”

The 24-year-old Piland and 33-year-old Brian Hawsey were arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

“Everyone thinking that this synthetic marijuana is so safe,” Brazile said. “But this drug is so dangerous on all levels. (Piland) here was hallucinating and that caused neighbors to contact the police department.

“The message I want to get out is that this is dangerous stuff,” he said. “You don’t know what chemicals are inside. Everyone has a different reaction. It’s not safe.

Spice seems to be the drug of choice for our young generation, but they needed to know we are taking a proactive approach and have an active and aggressive stance on drugs.”

In a separate incident, Brazile said police also arrested Airrick Lyde, 29, of Brewton, for distribution of a controlled substance on Thursday. Brazile said officers discovered Lyde was allegedly selling marijuana and placed him under arrest.