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Stephens County man arrested on theft, meth charges

Stephens County man arrested on theft, meth charges
December 18
09:15 2020

A Stephens County man was arrested this week on several charges, including possession of methamphetamine.

Tuesday evening, Dec. 15, Stephens County Deputy Justin Rose attempted to serve two misdemeanor warrants for theft against Robert W. Standridge, age 64, at his residence on FM 3201 near County Road 217.

While Rose contacted Standridge, two other occupants were inside the camper, according to a news release from Sheriff Will Holt. All three adults exited the camper, and while doing so, Rose smelled the odor of marijuana emitting from the camper.

Rose called Holt and Deputy Bill Flournoy to the scene for backup. Standridge would not give consent to search the camper, so Flournoy and Holt stayed on scene to guard the camper while Rose and Chief Deputy Kevin Roach wrote an affidavit for a search warrant, according to the report. The warrant was granted by the 90th District Judge Stephen Bristow, and then served on the same evening.

Approximately nine grams of methamphetamine were discovered in the camper, divided into multiple plastic bags, Holt said in the media release. Possession of this amount is a second degree felony under the offense title: Possession of a Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1. Approximately 2.5 ounces of marijuana and drug paraphernalia were also confiscated, along with other evidence.

Standridge was initially booked into jail on the theft warrants; one is a Class B Misdemeanor for theft greater than or equal to $100 but less than $750 and the other a Class A Misdemeanor for theft greater than or equal to $750 but less than $2,500. The class MB Theft stems from a crime in August of this year in the Crystal Falls area, and the class MA theft stems from a crime in the Crystal Falls area from 2017. The bond amounts for the thefts are $1,500 and $2,500 respectively.

The next day, while Standridge was still confined in the Stephens County Jail, he was booked on an additional warrant for the methamphetamine seized from the search warrant. The bond amount for that offense is $25,000.

As a result of this new charge the Justice of the Peace found his bonds to be insufficient from an August 2020 arrest, where he was booked into jail for the Exploitation of a Disabled Person (third degree felony) and for Possession of Methamphetamine less than 1 gram (fourth degree felony/state jail felony). The warrants issued for Insufficient Bonds on those two charges are $20,000 each.

The criminal investigation is still on-going, the sheriff said.

Photograph and information provided by the Stephens County Sheriff’s Office.

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