An undercover drug investigation designed to targeted alleged drug dealers Thursday resulted in six arrests when the suspects went to a Pine Bluff motel, allegedly to sell drugs.
Four of the six men — Troy Ramos, 26, Rickey Manning, Latrell White, 39, and Michael Kelley, 38 — appeared in district court for probable cause hearings Friday and Jefferson County Judge Kim Brtidgforth found probable cause to hold three of them.
Two other men —Delord Shepherd, 22, and Jamaine Shepherd, 24 — were held for further investigation, according to prosecutors.
All of the arrests were made Thursday night at the Classic Inn at 4125 Rhinehart Road.
According to a probable-cause affidavit from Detective James Huff of the Pine Bluff Police Department, a confidential informant called Ramos and asked him to come to the motel to sell an “eight-ball” of methamphetamine, which is 3.5 grams. When Ramos came to the door, he was grabbed by police and began resisting and swinging his arms, then pulled away and allegedly threw down a bag before submitting to arrest.
Deputy Prosecutor Nicole Pugh said the bag contained four or five grams of suspected methamphetamine.
The others who had been in the car with Ramos — Delord Shepherd and Jamaine Shepherd — were detained by police after officers found another bag containing two smaller bags of suspected methamphetamine.
Pugh said Ramos is on probation on drug-related charges, and a $25,000 cash-only bond was set for him.
Kelley, also known as “Little Buddy” was arrested after he was contacted about selling an “eight-ball” of methamphetamine and came to the motel Thursday.
Detective Bill Ablondi said in a probable-cause affidavit that when Kelly knocked on the door, police answered and he dropped a bag containing a cell phone and suspected drugs.
Pugh said that when police were searching Kelley, he told them he had a handgun in his pants and they located the gun on the left side of his waistband.
According to the affidavit, Kelley had $4,923 in cash in his possession, as well as a glass smoking pipe and a small can containing several bags of suspected methamphetamine.
A $10,000 bond was set for Kelley, who Pugh said has no prior convictions.
Manning and White were arrested at the same time when they went to the motel, Detective Jeremy Funderburg said in a probable-cause affidavit.
According to the affidavit, investigators found suspected marijuana, cocaine and other drugs in the car the men came to the motel in, and Manning allegedly said the drugs in the car were his.
Pugh said both Manning and White are on parole on drug-related charges and asked Bridgforth to set a $25,000 cash-only bond for each man. Bridgforth, however, said there was no basis to hold White since Manning told police the drugs were his, and released White on his own recognizance.
She did agree to set bond for Manning at $25,000 cash only.
The Public Defender’s Office was appointed to represent all Ramos, Manning and Kelley.