Alleged drugs found after traffic stop Friday

A Pine Bluff woman who was stopped by police Friday night because she allegedly was driving an unsafe vehicle will face a felony drug charge after a pink pill that is suspected to be Ecstasy was found in her wallet.

Angela Johnson, 35, was driving a car with no headlights or tail lights when an officer on patrol saw her near Third Avenue and Blake Street at about 9:30 p.m., Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said during a court hearing Monday.

Vice and Narcotics Detective Mario Brown said in a probable cause affidavit that when Johnson’s vehicle was stopped, she told officers that the vehicle had a short in the wiring, and when asked for a driver’s license, she said it was suspended.

Kizer said that a records check indicated there were active warrants for Johnson’s arrest on a charge of failure to appear in district court, and the alleged drugs were found during an inventory search of the vehicle before it was turned over to a wrecker.

At Kizer’s request, Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $2,500 bond for Johnson after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge her with possession of a controlled substance Ecstasy.

Kearney appointed the Public Defender’s Office to represent Johnson, and told her to come back to court May 6.