A Portage man is being held on $1,000 cash bond after a drug arrest resulted in his fifth felony case in less than two years.
Keagen Strabley, 19, appeared in Columbia County Circuit Court on Monday charged with felony possession with intent to deliver marijuana, possession of narcotics, possession of drug paraphernalia, and three counts of bail jumping.
Strabley was arrested on Sept. 5 after a traffic stop on West Franklin Street in Portage. An officer stopped Strabley’s vehicle for driving without headlights or taillights. During the stop, the officer reportedly smelled marijuana and after searching the vehicle, found a bag of pot and two pills of hydrocodone, marketed as Vicodin.
The initial officer found another baggie in the driver’s door, while an assisting officer found marijuana in a medication bottle. The three finds weighed about 7 grams total. The assisting officer also found a backpack and in it, $420 cash in a zipper pocket in $5, $10, $20 and $50 bills. The officers found $970 in cash in another pocket, with a cell phone in a Crown Royal bag and a baggie of marijuana.
The arrest came while Strabley was out on $150 cash bond, following an arrest in May with charges of misdemeanor obstructing an officer and two counts of bail jumping. The May arrest came while Strabley was free on a $500 cash bond for October 2017 charges of possession with intent to distribute illegal drugs and maintaining a drug trafficking place.
In an August 2017 case, Strabley was charged with misdemeanor counts of obstructing an officer and disorderly conduct and felony bail jumping. The first of his five cases, charged in January 2017, was resolved in June 2017 when Strabley entered no-contest pleas to charges of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of an illegally obtained prescription. He received received a deferred sentence on one count of possession with intent to distribute illegal drugs.
Strabley’s August 2017 case is scheduled to go to trial Oct. 11.
On Monday afternoon, Judge W. Andrew Voigt ordered Strabley held on $1,000 cash bond, and scheduled him to appear next in court for a return hearing Dec. 3.