Pine Bluff man arrested on drug charges

Police officers patrolling the area of West 21st Avenue and Beech Street on Thursday afternoon stopped to check on a group of men who were allegedly drinking alcohol on the parking lot of an apartment complex, and arrested one of them on drug-related charges.

Vice and Narcotics Detective Michael Battles said in a probable-cause affidavit that the officers saw a man later identified as Corderro Foster, 26, throw an object under a parked vehicle. Battles said that when police picked up the object, they found that it contained suspected crack cocaine.

According to the affidavit, when the officers asked Foster what he had thrown, he claimed he had “dropped some of his money.” When the alleged drugs were found, Foster said “they’re not mine,” according to the affidavit.

Battles said the suspected cocaine weighed a half-gram.

Deputy Prosecutor Nicole Pugh said Foster has charges of breaking or entering and theft of property pending in circuit court.

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $10,000 bond for Foster after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with breaking or entering.

The Public Defender’s Office was appointed to represent Foster.