Bond set in alleged drug arrest

A $10,000 bond was set Tuesday for a Jefferson County man who allegedly had drugs in his possession Sunday.

Christopher Funderburg, 24, is accused of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set the bond after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge Funderburg.

Deputy Prosecutor Nicole Pugh said Sheriff’s Cpl. Larry Aldridge was working security at Brookshire’s grocery store on Dollarway Road when Funderburg entered the store at about 9:30 a.m.

According to a probable cause affidavit from Tri-County Drug Task Force Investigator Randy Jackson, Aldridge reported that Funderburg appeared to be under the influence and was unsteady on his feet when he asked Aldridge about a machine where he could get cash back.

Pugh said Aldridge reported that he had dealt with Funderburg before and knew that his driver’s license was suspended and when he ran a records check, was told that Funderburg had an active arrest warrant from Benton.

Jackson said in the affidavit that when Aldridge approached Funderburg outside the store, he asked Funderburg if he had anything on his person that was illegal or could harm Aldridge and Funderbursg allegedly said no.

Pugh said Aldridge patted down Funderburg for officer safety and found an open cigar pouch containing a small amount of suspected marijuana and a syringe containing a brown substance that Funderburg said was methamphetamine.

Jackson said when Funderburg was questioned, he said the suspected marijuana was his, but denied any knowledge of the suspected methamphetamine.

Funderburg also allegedly told Jackson he was “not high on drugs” but had been drinking alcohol for several days.

Funderburg said he would hire his own attorney.