Police seize suspected marijuana, cash after traffic stop

Pine Bluff police seized suspected marijuana and more than $4,000 in cash Thursday after making a traffic stop in the Dollarway area.

Terrance Hayes, 32, was driving a Chevrolet Caprice that police stopped at Malcomb and School Streets at 8:14 p.m., because the vehicle allegedly had no license plate light.

Vice and Narcotics Detective Michael Battles said in a probable-cause affidavit that when the officers approached the car, they noticed a strong odor of suspected marijuana and asked Hayes if there were any drugs in the car.

According to the affidavit, Hayes pulled a plastic bag containing suspected marijuana out of his pants, and was placed under arrest.

Battles said in the affidavit that when the car was searched, officers found a box containing numerous sandwich bags, as well as packs of cigars and two lighters in the back passenger floorboard near the driver’s seat.

The total amount of cash seized was $4,054, the affidavit said.

According to records at the prosecutor’s office, Hayes is on probation on drug-related charges.

Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a$10,000 cash-only bond for Hayes after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with possession of a controlled substance with purpose to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia.