Two bench warrants have been issued for Independence County residents for habitual offenders this week.

According to an affidavit, Stephanie L. Shands, of Floral, was stopped by deputies on Thursday, March 8, during a patrol of Camp Tahkodah Road and Cool Mist Lane. Deputies stopped a white van for driving left of center. The driver, Shands, had a valid driver’s license, but was on parole with a search-waiver. During a search of the van deputies found a plastic sandwich bag containing a crystalline substance inside a red cloth bag. During the traffic stop the substance tested positive for meth with the Nartec field kit. The warrant charges Shands with being a habitual offender, having previously been convicted of four or more felonies, and felony possession of methamphetamine of more than ten grams but less than 200 grams. Bond is set at $5,000.

According to an affidavit, Genio Alongo Corley Jr., 28, of Batesville, was visited by parole agents for a routine home visit, An unknown female answered the door and an unknown male went to Corley’s bedroom to tell him the agents were there. The affidavit states the agents “made contact with Genio inside his bedroom. Genio also had a female inside the bedroom with him.”

After the woman in the bedroom got dressed, an agent entered the bedroom, located Corley’s pants on the floor, and searched them. The agent located a plastic baggie containing a crystalline substance, before giving the pants back to Corley to put on. The agent then searched the bedroom and found three empty baggies with a crystalline residue under a computer, and found a digital weighing scale. The warrant charges Corley with felony possession of methamphetamine less than two grams and being a habitual offender, having previously been convicted of four or more felonies. Bond is set at $5,000.

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