Pine Bluff man arrested on drug charges after search warrant served

A Pine Bluff man was arrested Friday on drug-related charges after police served a search warrant at a house on the east side of the city.

Donald Thurman, 47, allegedly told investigators, “all I have is some marijuana,” Detective Richard McCorvy said in a probable cause affidavit presented in court Tuesday.

According to the affidavit, the warrant was served by vice and narcotics officers and a dog team from the Arkansas Department of Corrections at 1:01 p.m. on East 15th Avenue. Thurman was detained as he walked into the yard.

McCorvy said investigators forced entry when no one answered the door and also detained a female who was in the house while the search was conducted.

According to the affidavit, Thurman agreed to show investigators where the suspected drugs were, and officers found a plastic bag containing a small amount of suspected marijuana. They also found a blue tote bag with a plastic bag containing 1.7 ounces of suspected marijuana and a suspected marijuana plant in the back yard.

McCorvy said in the affidavit that investigators found a piece of glass that resembled a chess board with a razor blade that had white residue suspected to be cocaine.

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $25,000 bond for Thurman, who has prior drug-related convictions from 2001, 2002 and 2003, after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with manufacturing a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance with purpose to deliver.

According to the intake log at the adult detention center, Thurman was listed as an absconder by the Arkansas Department of Corrections.

Thurman said he would hire his own attorney.