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Pair on bond in drug case back in jail on new charges

A Lawrence County man and woman are back in the county jailtoday after a routine traffic stop led to drug charges.

Johnny Speights, 49, and Robin Calcote Rogers, 32, both of 85Virginia Speights Lane, were both out on bond for previous drugcharges when drugs were found during a traffic stop around 9:30p.m. Wednesday night, Lawrence County Sheriff Joel Thames said.

Speights has been charged with two counts of possession of acontrolled substance and single counts of possession of marijuanaless than one ounce, resisting arrest, improper equipment and notag. Rogers faces the same three drug charges, Thames said.

Both were previously released on bond on charges of possessionof a controlled substance (methamphetamine) and possession ofprecursor chemicals with intent to manufacture meth from a Mayseizure at Speights’ home.

In this week’s arrest, Monticello Police Officer Scott Stormoand Pearl River Basin Narcotics Task Force Agent Joe Bullock werecollaborating on drug cases when Stormo made the traffic stop forno tag and a busted taillight, Thames said.

“(Speights) became belligerent and when they went to place himunder arrest he became combative,” the sheriff said.

Once Speights was handcuffed, a search found in his pockets sixsmall bags of a substance believed to be meth, a small bag of acocaine-like substance and a cigarette container with marijuana,Thames said.

Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department deputies were conducting asearch of Speights’s home this morning because of the amount ofdrugs found and the previous charges, he said.

Speights and Rogers will have an initial hearing this afternoonor Friday, Thames said. He said he does not expect the pair toreceive bond because they were arrested while on a $40,000 bondawaiting the December grand jury.