Traffic stop leads to drug arrest

A traffic stop by a Jefferson County sheriff’s deputy Wednesday night resulted in the arrest of a Pine Bluff man on drug-related charges.

Cordero Avery, 26, was a passenger in a car that was stopped for failure to use a turn signal in the area of West 24th Avenue and Hazel Street, Deputy Prosecutor Karres Manning said during a court hearing for Avery on Thursday.

Tri-County Drug Task Force investigator Dennis Kendall said in a probable-cause affidavit that deputies smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. During a search, Kendall said deputies found a pill bottle with the label removed in the back seat where Avery and a female were sitting.

Manning said the bottle contained 20 round white pills and Avery allegedly told deputies the pills were his.

Kendall said in the affidavit that Avery said he had bought the pills and was taking them to a woman to sell them. The pills were identified as a controlled substance.

Manning said Avery had previously been convicted of terroristic threatening and criminal mischief in 2008 and of delivery of a controlled substance in 2009 and was placed on probation then, but Avery said in court Thursday that he had completed that probation.

Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $5,000 bond for Avery after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with possession of a controlled substance.

Avery said he would hire his own attorney.