A traffic stop by police vice and narcotic officers on a vehicle that allegedly made an improper turn Tuesday afternoon led to the arrest of two men on drug-related charges.
Jimmy Douglas, 33, who was driving the vehicle, and Brandon Goldberg, 32, a passenger, both had plastic bags containing suspected drugs when they were searched for officer safety, Detective Richard McCorvy said in a probable-cause affidavit presented in court Wednesday.
According to the affidavit, Douglas made an improper turn at the intersection of West Harding Avenue and Olive Street, and when the car was stopped in the area of West 21st Avenue and Olive Street, officers also determined that the window tint on the vehicle was illegal.
Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said Douglas had a suspended driver’s license and when officers approached the car, they noticed an odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle.
McCorvy said in the affidavit that Goldberg had a plastic bag containing several bags of suspected marijuana, and Douglas had a plastic bag containing several bags of suspected marijuana and another bag containing several bags of suspected crack cocaine.
Kizer said Douglas had three prior convictions on drug-related offenses for which he had served time in prison and Goldberg is on parole on drug-related charges.
At Kizer’s request, Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $50,000 bond for each man after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge them with possession of a controlled substance with purpose to deliver, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Douglas and Goldberg each said they would hire their own attorneys.