Traffic stop leads to drug and gun arrest

A traffic stop by police Wednesday on the west side of Pine Bluff resulted in the arrest of a man on drug and weapons charges.

Corey Carter, 26, failed to use a turn signal when he made a left turn at West 34th Avenue and Fir Street, Deputy Prosecutor Cymber Gieringer said during a court hearing for Carter on Friday.

According to an affidavit from Vice and Narcotics Detective Kenneth Evans of the Pine Bluff Police Department, he and Detectives Michael Battles and Keith Willoughby were patrolling when they saw Carter fail to use a turn and signal, and when they turned on the blue lights of their police car, Carter continued driving until he reached West 33rd Avenue and Willow Street. Evans said Carter stopped the vehicle there, then got out and ran.

Gieringer said Battles and Willoughby chased Carter and caught him, and while handcuffing Carter, asked him if he had anything illegal on his person.

Carter allegedly said he had “a little bit of weed” in his right cargo pants pocket and when the officers checked, they found four individually wrapped bags of suspected marijuana, weighing a total of 23 grams.

Evans said there were three other passengers in the vehicle and one of them had a small amount of suspected marijuana on his person.

According to the affidavit, a black and chrome .9-millimeter handgun with two rounds in the clip was found under the driver’s seat, and a set of digital scales were in the front console.

Gieringer said Carter allegedly told police “he smoked more than he sold,” and also allegedly admitted that the suspected marijuana, gun and digital scales were his.

One of the other passengers was arrested on an outstanding warrant and a second for misdemeanor possession of marijuana, Evans said in the affidavit.

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

Carter said he would hire his own attorney.