Man loses latest round in fight with meth

John Clifton Coggins
DTL Staff

A 39-year-old Clay County man who has spent more than a decade battling a methamphetamine addiction apparently has lost his most recent effort.

John Clifton Coggins was picked up during the weekend for a probation violation after he’d been sentenced to drug court last October and sent to The Pines Recovery Center in Columbus in November.

It was part of a plea agreement after he was arrested on July 16, 2017 in possession of the highly addictive drug and arrested again on Nov. 19, 2017 for possession of a weapon by a felon when he was caught with a Bowie knife. He was indicted last April and pleaded in October, according to Clay County Circuit Court records.

Those arrests and court agreements came after he had a meth conviction in Panola County more than a decade ago and then was arrested on March 10, 2009 on charges of conspiring to manufacture meth.

He pleaded to the conspiracy charge in October 2010 and was sentenced to five years in prison and five years post release supervision. He also was ordered to obtain treatment.

He was jailed again in October 2013 when he tested positive for meth, left a drug treatment program and was arrested for possession of paraphernalia. His probation was revoked in April 2014 and he was given five years and ordered into the Department of Corrections long-term drug program.

Circuit Court Judge Jim Kitchens could put him back in the drug court program for the latest violations or could send him to prison.

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