By Joe Thomas
Ledger Editor 

Man caught with Kratom jailed

Herbal substance legal in Florida, but illegal in Alabama lands Andalusia man in jail


July 26, 2018

An Andalusia man stopped for speeding Sunday afternoon in Flomaton ended up in the Escambia County Detention Center on trafficking charges after officers discovered 1,001 grams of the herbal substance Kratom, which is illegal to sell or possess in the state of Alabama.

Luke Mark Popwell, 32, 25339 Hidden Forest Lane, was charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance, trafficking, unlawful possession of marijuana II, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and speeding.

According to Flomaton police reports, Detective Chance Thompson clocked a vehicle on Highway 31 in front of...

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