By Jessie Williams
A Lafayette man is being held without bond after a routine traffic stop led to his arrest.
According to a report filed by Deputy Jason Sells of the Macon County Sheriff’s Department, he was on patrol in the Scottsville Road area near Sonic on Saturday, March 24, when he observed a vehicle violating the light law and initiated a traffic stop.
The driver of the vehicle appeared to be attempting to pull into a parking lot but instead ran into a ditch in the process.
Deputy Sells checked on the driver - identified as 25-year-old Robert Cody Jones - and noticed he had something in his right hand.
Jones told Deputy Sells he was not injured and, in the process of speaking with him, Deputy Sells noticed a strong odor of marijuana. After running Jones’ drivers license, he also learned he had an existing arrest warrant.
Upon exiting the vehicle, Jones stated he had a handgun under the seat and had in his hand approximately .26 oz. of marijuana. He also admitted to having a marijuana cigarette.
A pat down also led to the discovery of approximately .18 grams of finished meth product in Jones’ pocket, and cash.
During this time, Jones had a difficult time standing up and appeared to be under the influence of drugs and alcohol. A field sobriety test was conducted, and Mr. Jones was placed under arrest.
A .380 caliber handgun, digital scales and several rounds of ammunition were found inside Jones’ vehicle.
These items were taken into evidence and the drugs and cash were seized by authorities.
Deputy Sells was assisted by Sergeant Jeff Hix of the Lafayette Police Department and Deputies Josh Meador and Jacob McClard of the Macon County Sheriffs Department.
Jones was charged with manufacture/delivery/possession of meth, possession of drug paraphernalia, revoked bond, driving under the influence, possession of a weapon, violation of light law, simple possession and possession of a firearm during a violent felony.
He is scheduled to appear in General Sessions Court on April 25.