The case against a Jackson firefighter facing drug charges is dismissed in Jackson General Sessions Court, Division 1, Judge Hugh Harvey, Jr.
Jackson Firefighter Cory Wayne Clifft, age 31 was in court Tuesday to face charges related to the manufacture and distribution of Meth. Investigators testified about when they pulled over Cory Wayne Clifft, 31 in November of 2009 and found Meth and Meth manufacturing related items in his vehicle.
After both the prosecution and the defense presented their case Judge Harvey dismissed the case saying; Clifft did not violate any traffic laws and should not have been pulled over. Cory Wayne Clift was represented by Atty Joe Byrd, Jr.
The six-year veteran of the Jackson Fire Department was placed on administrative leave until charges were resolved.
The district attorney plans to take the case to the grand jury.
RECAP OF STORY
On November 19, 2009 a Metro Narcotics Investigator stopped a 2008 black Jeep Cherokee on Hollywood Drive near I-40 for a traffic violation. The driver of the vehicle was identified as Cory Wayne Clifft, age 31 of 20 Pin Oak Cove in Jackson and the passenger was Bobby Eugene Sheffield, age 32 of 6 Greenbriar Cove in Jackson. During the traffic stop the Narcotics Investigator observed a strong chemical odor emitting from inside the vehicle. Clifft admitted to the investigator that there was a meth lab in the vehicle and gave officers consent to search the vehicle. Officers found an electric pill grinder with pseudoephedrine residue inside, lithium batteries, fertilizer pellets, Coleman Camp Fuel, lye, plastic tubing, plastic bottles, and unknown liquids inside the vehicle which led officers to arresting and charging Clifft and Sheffield. Officers also found methamphetamine in Mr. Clifft’s vehicle.
Metro Narcotics officers removed the hazardous chemicals and apparatus and contacted the DEA to have a hazardous materials contractor to respond and take away the items for destruction.
Cory Wayne Clifft, faced charges of Promotion Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Initiation, and Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute and Felony Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Failure to Maintain Lane Control.