Meth suspects set for court appearance

CONYERS -- The pair arrested in March for allegedly manufacturing methamphetamine in a rolling meth lab will have their first appearance in court this week.

Floyd Lee Triplett Jr., 42, of Oxford, and Joy Elizabeth Lewis, 35, of Eatonton, are scheduled to appear before Rockdale County Chief Superior Court Judge Sidney Nation on Thursday for an arraignment hearing.

The pair will be in court in connection with a March incident in which Conyers Police stopped the Chevy Blazer they were riding in and found materials to make meth. Officers made contact with the SUV parked in the Wal-Mart parking lot after seeing a lot of movement from the vehicle. What was thought to be a domestic dispute allegedly turned out to be mixing and shaking after a HAZMAT team recovered plastic bottles containing ingredients to make meth.

The toxicity and risk of explosion from the ingredients had authorities close off traffic on a nearby road for nearly three and half hours while they cleared the scene.

Triplett was charged with violation of the Georgia Controlled Substances Act, possession of substances, giving a false name to a law enforcement officer, operating a motor vehicle while license suspended, and no proof of insurance.

Lewis was charged with two counts of violation of the Georgia Controlled Substances Act and giving a false name to a law enforcement officer.

Another case to be presented before the court involves three men accused of robbing a couple of citizens in Olde Town Conyers with a sawed-off 20-gauge shotgun.

Jonathan Stevens, 28, of Monroe was arrested last December and charged with armed robbery, four counts of aggravated assault, and criminal attempt to commit armed robbery in connection with a June 2009 incident and an armed robbery attempt in August 2009.

The victim in the June heist was robbed while riding a bike on Green Street. The victim was hit over the head with a gun and robbed of about $50, a wallet and a backpack.

The armed robbery attempt occurred in the parking lot of the Whistle Post Tavern, but the assailant left empty-handed when the would-be victim fought back, scuffled with his assailant, and refused the robbers' demand for his money.

There are active warrants for the two other men authorities believe to be involved.

Rohan R. Montgomery, 37, currently in the Walton County Jail, faces the same charges as Stevens. Jessee Edward Lopez, 22, of Monroe is still at-large. Lopez was charged and indicted with armed robbery, four counts of aggravated assault, criminal attempt to commit armed robbery, and machine gun/sawed-off rifle/shot gun/silencer use in the commission of a crime.

Rockdale County Superior Court Judge David Irwin set bond in May for Stevens at $175,000.