Bond set on alleged drug, breaking or entering charges

A $10,000 bond was set Wednesday for a Jefferson County man who was seen coming out of a house on Cherokee Lane on Tuesday, and allegedly had drugs in his possession.

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set the bond after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge Jason Rhodes, 31, with possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and breaking or entering.

Police Vice and Narcotics Detective Mario Brown said in a probable-cause affidavit that police were called to a reported burglary in progress at 6915 Cherokee Lane at 4:04 p.m.

When Officer Brandy Ashcraft arrived, Deputy Police Chief Susie Powell and White Hall Police Officer John Zuber were on the scene, and Zuber had a man later identified as Rhodes in custody.

Brown reported that the owner of the house told police he had gone by to check on the residence, which was vacant, and saw Rhodes coming out with several bags in his hand.

During a patdown search for officer safety, Brown said, a pipe commonly used to smoke methamphetamine was found in Rhodes’ right front pocket and a bag containing a substance that tested positive for methamphetamine was found in Rhodes’ left front pocket.

Rhodes said he would hire his own attorney and was told to come back to court May 13.