Two arrested on drug charges

Suspected marijuana was found in a number of locations when police served a drug-related search warrant at a house in central Pine Bluff on Tuesday and two men who were in the house were arrested.

Ronarro Holmes, 34, and Kennon Savage, 29, were among several people detained when vice and narcotics officers served a search warrant and forced entry when no one answered the door.

Deputy Prosecutor Bryan Achorn said during a court hearing Friday that investigators found Savage leaving a bedroom in the house and ordered him to the floor, then yelled at him when he tried to get up while the search was conducted.

Holmes was found sleeping in another bedroom, Detective Michael Batttles said in a probable-cause affidavit that was presented during the court hearing.

Achorn said the officers located seven hydrocodone pills in a medicine container that had the labels torn off, and found a large quantity of suspected marijuana in three Mason jars, a gallon-size bag and smaller bags.

During the court hearing, Achorn said Savage had previous convictions on drug-related charges, and on a charge of failure to stop after an accident involving injury or death, while Holmes had previously been convicted of drug-related charges, first-degree battery, robbery, theft by receiving and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth ruled that prosecutors had probable cause to charge both Holmes and Savage with possession of a controlled substance with purpose to deliver.

Bond for Holmes was set at $50,000 and bond for Savage was set at $25,000.

Both men said they would hire their own attorneys.