A traffic stop by a Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputy Monday for an equipment violation resulted in the arrest of two people on drug related charges.
Stacy Hughey, 25, was driving the vehicle that Deputy Andre Torres stopped at the Chapel Plaza Shopping Center for having a rear tail light broken, and was arrested on a misdemeanor failure to appear warrant, Tri-County Drug Task Force Investigator Joseph O’Neal said in a probable cause affidavit presented in district court Wednesday.
John Franklin, 36, who was in the vehicle with Hughey, was arrested after a warrants check indicated that there was an absconder warrant issued for him.
O’Neal reported that Franklin was asked if there was anything illegal in the vehicle and allegedly said there was but he was not going to tell the deputies where.
Deputy Torres found two syringes behind the steering column in the vehicle, along with two glass smoking pipes; two smoking push rods were found in a red lunch box/bag, O’Neal said in the affidavit. Both pipes contained an off-white residue that field tested positive for methamphetamine and will be sent to the State Crime Laboratory for analysis.
Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $5,000 bond for Hughey and a $15,000 bond for Franklin after ruling prosecutors have probable cause to charge them with possession of drug paraphernalia. Franklin will be held without bond on the absconder warrant pending a hearing to determine if he should be sent back to prison to complete his sentence.