Traffic stop nets gun, suspected drugs and one arrest

A traffic stop by police vice and narcotics officers Sunday morning led to the arrest of a woman on drug and weapons charges.

Amanda Moore, 31, allegedly told police had a gun in her purse when they stopped the car she was driving after it failed to stop at a stop sign at West 20th Avenue and Hickory Street, Detective Jeremy Funderberg of the Pine Bluff Police Department said in a probable-cause affidavit presented in Jefferson County District Court Monday.

When Moore was asked for her driver’s license, she told officers she didn’t have it with her, Deputy Prosecutor Nicole Pugh said, and also said she didn’t have insurance on the vehicle.

According to the affidavit, Moore had a suspended driver’s license and an active warrant for her arrest and when asked if she had any weapons, she told police there was a gun in her purse, which was inside the vehicle.

After Moore was taken out of the vehicle, officers removed the gun, and during a search they reported finding one pill and a half-pill suspected of being hydrocodone in the door handle, and also located a syringe in the vehicle.

Funderberg said in the affidavit that officers asked for a female officer to come check Moore but none was available at the time, and after she had been taken to the adult detention center and booked in, detectives were called back after a clear plastic baggie containing suspected methamphetamine was found in Moore’s shoe while she was being processed.

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $10,000 bond for Moore after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge her with possession of a controlled substance, furnishing prohibited articles and simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms.

The Public Defender’s Office was appointed to represent Moore.