Reported disturbance leads to drug arrest


A reported disturbance at a house in the Dollarway area Monday resulted in the arrest of a man on drug-related charges.

James Gray, 35, who is currently on probation, allegedly had a plastic bag containing suspected cocaine in his pants pocket when he was searched by police after being arrested on misdemeanor disorderly conduct.

During a court hearing Wednesday, Deputy Prosecutor Cymber Gieringer said police were sent to the 1500 block of North Haley Street after the owner of a home there contacted police and said a neighbor had called her at work and told her someone was trying to break into her house.

Vice and Narcotics Detective Keith Willoughby said in a probable cause affidavit that when the owner arrived, she said Gray had formerly dated her mother, had lived in the house with them previously and her mother had had previous problems with Gray trying ot come into the house.

According to the affidavit, officers found no damage to the house, but did notice a shoe print on a door.

Gieringer said Gray was located standing in the street and when police tried to talk to him, he made “several strange comments about Jesus,” and also began cursing the officers and talking very loudly before being arrested.

Willoughby said in the affidavit that in addition to the suspected cocaine, officers found a bag of suspected marijuana in Gray’s pocket. The weight of the suspected cocaine was 1.7 grams.

Gieringer said Gray had previously been convicted of aggravated robbery and theft of property in 1997; breaking or entering and theft of property in 2009; and was convicted of terroristic threatening and disorderly conduct and is on probation in the Second Division of Circuit Court.

Gray was removed from the courtroom after he wouldn’t answer questions asked by Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney, and according to a note on the court paperwork, “appeared to be out of it.”

Kearney set a $25,000 bond for Gray after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with possession of a controlled substance crack cocaine.

The judge also appointed the Public Defender’s Office to represent Gray.