Traffic stop leads to drug arrest

A $25,000 bond was set Monday for a Pine Bluff man who allegedly had three different kinds of pills in a bottle in his vehicle, along with a used syringe when he was arrested Friday.

Stephen Roberts, 43, was arrested after police stopped the vehicle he was driving for failure to use a turn signal, Detective Bret Ward said in a probable cause affidavit.

According to the affidavit, Ward and Detective Jeremy Funderburg were in the area of West 16th Avenue and Cherry Street when they saw a car driven by Roberts turn south on Cherry Street without using a signal. They stopped the car at West 25th Avenue and Cherry Street.

Ward said in the affidavit he asked Roberts if there were any illegal substances in the car and Roberts allegedly said he had his “prescription medications,” which were in the driver’s side door pocket.

Officers found an orange pill bottle with what Ward described as “faded labels” and three different kinds of pills, all separated by tissue paper. The pills were said to be two morphine tablets, 11 methadone tablets and 11 clonazepam tablets. A used syringe was also found in the same door pocket.

Pine Bluff attorney Mac Norton appeared with Roberts in court and said he would represent him and waived the formal reading of the probable cause affidavit.

Norton and Deputy Prosecutor Bryan Achorn also agreed to ask Judge John Kearney to set a $25,000 bond for Roberts, which Kearney did.