Bond set for man who allegedly had methamphetamine in pocket

A $10,000 bond was set Tuesday for a Jefferson County man on drug-related charges.

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set the bond after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge Kenneth Shirley, 40, with possession of methamphetamine with purpose to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said Shirley was arrested after police vice and narcotics officers stopped a vehicle he was a passenger in for having an expired license plate.

Detective April Tirado said in a probable cause affidavit that the driver of the car, a female, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for driving on a suspended driver’s license. When Shirley was asked if he had any weapons on him, Shirley allegedly told officers he had a knife in his pocket.

Kizer said when Shirley was patted down for officer safety, a Crown Royal bag containing three plastic bags with the alleged methamphetamine was found in his left front pocket.

Shirley said he would hire his own attorney and was told to come back to court May 7.