Police arrest one on drug charges after serving search warrant

An investigation into alleged drug activity on the east side of Pine Bluff Friday afternoon led to the arrest of one man on multiple charges.

Cleo Darrough, 27, who is currently on parole, was taken into custody after police vice and narcotics officers and the department’s SWAT team served a search warrant at an apartment in the 4500 block of Main Street.

According to a probable cause affidavit from Detective Richard McCorvy, several males were found standing around the target apartment when officers arrived and they were instructed to go into adjacent apartments until they could be questioned.

McCorvy reported that Darrough was found inside one of those apartments after the resident gave officers permission to search, and he was carrying $134 cash.

A request to use the department’s K-9 to search the apartment was denied but according to the affidavit, the dog alerted on the money found on Darrough, and on $3,405 in cash that was found in a drawer in a bedroom. Documents with Darrough’s name on them were also found.

The arrest resulted from a search warrant that had been served earlier Friday on a storage unit in the 3009 block of Olive Street that had allegedly been rented by Darrough.

McCorvy said in the affidavit that investigators found four bags containing suspected cocaine, empty bags, a digital scale with white residue on it, and another bag containing 1.3 ounces of suspected cocaine. In addition, they located two handguns.

According to the affidavit, Darrough was not questioned because he asked for an attorney.

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $10,000 cash only bond for Darrough Monday after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with possession of a controlled substance with purpose to deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia, manufacture of a controlled substance cocaine and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Darrough said he would hire his own attorney.