A Washington County jury took only 17 minutes to render a guilty verdict in an methamphetamine trafficking case.
50-year-old William Lowell Rogers, of Chipley, was found guilty on February 14, of trafficking methamphetamine-more than 28 grams and possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute.
The case began in 2021 when the Washington County Drug Task Force and Washington County Sheriffâ€™s Office served a search warrant on Rogersâ€™ home Sept. 12, 2021. The warrant was signed after a series of controlled buys by law enforcement at the residence.
Testimony and evidence at trial showed Rogers was the only person at the home when the search found 37 grams of methamphetamine.
Rogers sentencing is set for March 27, with Chief Circuit Court Judge Christopher Patterson set to hand down his sentence. Under Floridaâ€™s drug sentencing laws, Rogers faces a minimum-mandatory seven year sentence and up to 30 years in addition to a $100,000 fine for the trafficking conviction.