Man on police violent crimes watch list arrested on drug charges

A Pine Bluff man currently on parole and on the police department’s Violent Crimes Task Force list was arrested Friday on drug-related charges.

Corey Deshazier, 34, was arrested after he allegedly fled from police vice and narcotics officers who were attempting to stop the vehicle he was driving, Prosecuting Attorney S. Kyle Hunter said during a court hearing Monday for Deshazier.

According to a probable cause affidavit from Detective James Huff, officers were in the area of West 13th Avenue and Cherry Street when they saw a vehicle driven by Deshazier, who was not wearing a seat belt.

Hunter said the officers stopped the vehicle and could see Deshazier reaching across the console of the vehicle, so they approached it with their guns drawn. Deshazier allegedly refused to comply with orders to put his hands out the window of the vehicle and drove away for several blocks before getting out of the vehicle and running into an apartment in the 300 block of West 13th Avenue where he was taken into custody.

According to the affidavit, the officers returned to the vehicle and found 28.9 grams of suspected marijuana and 0.07 grams of synthetic marijuana, also known as K-2, in the console.

When Deshazier was interviewed, he allegedly said the marijuana was his, but denied ownership of the K-2.

At Hunter’s request, Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $25,000 bond for Dehshazier after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with possession of a controlled substance with purpose to deliver and misdemeanor fleeing.

Desazier was among the group who were “invited” to a meeting April 3 where they were notified they were on the violence crime task force watch list and were warned that an arrest for any offense would result in a high bond. His previous convictions were for second-degree battery, aggravated assault, kidnapping and possession of a controlled substance.

Even though Bridgforth set a bond for Deshazier, he will not be able to post it because the Department of Community Corrections has listed him as a parole absconder and he will be held without bond until a hearing to determine if he should go back to prison to complete his sentence.