Search for wanted man leads to drug arrest

Police and Department of Correction personnel who were searching for a man on a parole violation reported finding suspected marijuana and drug paraphernalia on him when he was arrested in the Dollarway area on Thursday.

Joseph Gilbert, 32, allegedly had plastic baggies in the pocket of his pants, and also had suspected marijuana, Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said during a court hearing for Gilbert on Friday.

According to a probable-cause affidavit from Detective Jeremy Funderburg of the Pine Bluff Police Department, police also found a cooler with several bags of suspected marijuana that weighed a total of 11.6 ounces.

Kizer said Gilbert was located in the parking lot of McCurdy’s Liquor Store on Dollarway Road by corrections officers, who notified police.

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $10,000 cash-only bond for Gilbert 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.

Gilbert will not be able to post that bond, however, because of the parole hold. He will be held without bond until a hearing to determine if he should be sent back to prison to complete his sentence.

Gilbert said he would hire his own attorney.