Suspected spice trafficker busted following Covington Co. chase

Suspected spice trafficker busted following Covington Co. chase

COVINGTON CO., AL (WSFA) - Police seized 4.5 lbs of spice after a long high speed chase in Covington County that started as a routine traffic violation.

River Falls Police Chief Greg Jackson says Officer Michael Bishop tried to stop a vehicle for running the stop sign at the intersection of Hwy. 55 and US Hwy 84. The driver refused to stop and a police pursuit ensued.

After a lengthy chase, officers took Lajon Pier Pate of Georgiana into custody.

Officers located a large amount of Synthetic Marijuana and cash in the car, according to Jackson, who also serves on the 22nd Judicial Circuit Drug Task Force. He shared a photo of the spice and money seized from the car.

Pate is charged with Drug Trafficking and his bond was set at $750,000 Dollars.

"Thanks to Andalusia Police,Gantt Police, Covington County Sheriff's Office and The Drug Task Force  for assisting as well as Covington County 911 operators," Jackson said.

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