Bond set in drug arrest

A $25,000 bond was set Thursday for a Pine Bluff man arrested on drug charges after police said a bag containing suspected methamphetamine fell out of his pocket during a traffic stop.

Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set the bond after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge Andra Wilkins, 24, with possession of a controlled substance with purpose to deliver.

Wilkins also was listed as a parole absconder on the intake log at the adult detention center and will be held without bond on that charge pending a hearing.

According to a probable-cause affidavit from Vice and Narcotics Detective Keith Willoughby, he and Detective Marcus Battles were on patrol in the area of West 29th Avenue and Spruce Street at about 4 p.m. when they saw a car parked on the wrong side of the street.

Officers reported asking the female driver of the vehicle for her license, registration and insurance information and Willoughby said Wilkins, who was in the back seat, “was acting very nervous.”

The affidavit said Wilkins was holding a package of cigarettes with the top open, and the “cigarettes were moving around because of Wilkins’ shaking.”

After Wilkins and the other people in the car were taken out, Wilkins allegedly scuffled with Battles and while the scuffle was taking place, a bag containing the suspected methamphetamine, which weighed 4.5 grams, fell to the ground.

Willoughby said in the affidavit that the license plate on the vehicle was listed as stolen, and the female driver was cited for misdemeanor theft by receiving, driving on a suspended license, no proof of insurance and a failure to appear warrant from District Court.